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Vienna Festival 2016

The opening of the Vienna Festival takes place at Vienna's City Hall Square on 13 May. The free open-air concert has delighted thousands of people year after year and is broadcast around the world. The center for artists and audiences during the festival is the Künstlerhaus.

The Vienna Festival will focus on new productions of popular classics as well as premieres of contemporary works by international directors. Artists and ensembles from around the world present celebrated works, often in the original language. Audiences can look forward with excitement to four premieres in 2016. Other highlights include:

  • The new production of Beethoven's great opera of liberation Fidelio by the Russian director Dmitri Tcherniakov – with Marc Minkowski conducting at Theater an der Wien.
  • The sensation of Moscow's theater scene comes to Vienna with Konstantin Bogomolov's production of An Ideal Husband, a furious social satire based on Oscar Wilde's stage play.
  • Director Frank Castorf presents Tschewengur. Die Wanderung mit offenem Herzen – his stage adaptation of Andrei Platonov's novel about a journey through the Russian steppe (picture).
  • Corinna Harfouch can be seen as a white clown in the powerful variety show Der Auftrag. Erinnerung an eine Revolution.
  • Jan Fabre shows a 24-hour theater marathon entitled Mount Olympus.
  • Mezzosoprano Anne Sofie von Otter sings in Christoph Marthaler's theatrical evening of song Isoldes Abendbrot.

Festival concerts at the Musikverein

From 8 May to 26 June, the Musikverein hosts 41 concerts with the best orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. The program includes a number of Mahler's symphonies, Beethoven sonatas and his "Ninth".

Vienna Festival 2016

13 May - 19 June 2016, various venues
Program, information, tickets:

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