General booking for October performances at the Vienna State Opera has already started and, although some of you may have made their Vienna Opera Plans already, we felt the urge to share the 5 operas that we think truly stand out in this October’s programme. Obviously the Vienna Opera experience is unique and it is always a difficult choice to decide which events you should attend! Your No1 rule should be: go to as many as you can (afford).
1. Don Giovanni
As the legend goes, Don Giovanni was the quintessential rake — a womanizing scoundrel with an endless list of amorous conquests. Mozart’s opera has been described as a comedy, but there’s far more in it than just a series of big laughs, just as the notorious Don is more than just an unprincipled, single-minded ladies’ man. A brilliant combination of stark human tragedy and touching comedy, set to music of limitless genius, Don Giovanni has been often regarded as the finest opera ever composed.
The Vienna State Opera will be performing Don Giovanni four times this October, with some sections already sold out. So, be sure to book your tickets to this rare performance of a true Mozart masterpiece.
2. La Boheme
La Boheme was the first opera to reveal Puccini‘s true genius. The composer’s sure instinct for dramatic and comic effects, his imaginative treatment of character and situation, and above all his expressive and radiant musical portraiture have helped make La Boheme one of the world’s most popular operas.
The plot revolves around the lives of a group of impoverished artists in mid-19th-century Paris: The poet Rodolfo and the seamstress Mimi, the painter Marcello and his sweetheart Musetta.
La Boheme is playing at the Vienna State Opera only 2 times in October. Don’t miss booking your tickets now.
3. The Gambler: Premiere
The Gambler has a complicated history: Prokofiev finished the opera in 1917, but in the wake of the October Revolution the production never took place. Tastes changed after WW1, the opera was extensively revised and had its premiere in 1929 in Brussels. The original version of The Gambler was finally staged in 2001 at the Bolshoi Theatre.
The opera derives from a novella by Dostoyevsky. Set in Germany, the work showcases Russian aristocrats misbehaving against a background of contrasting international types.
Be sure to book tickets to the October premiere or any of the subsequent performances while they’re still available.
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The little mermaid, Rusalka is a story of true love and self-sacrifice. The score features some of Dvorak’s finest and most evocative music, giving the entire opera the dreamy feel of a fairy tale, but with an ominous undercurrent that makes the drama’s transcendent ending all the more rewarding.
The Staatsoper will perform Rusalka only 4 times this season, so be sure to book your tickets in advance.
Yet another classic Puccini opera to enjoy this October, Tosca is a tale of romance over politics; featuring a heroic painter, a despicable ruler and an opera superstar, Tosca herself!
There will be only three performances this October, so book your tickets today.
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