The Vienna State Opera is one of the world's finest opera companies. It is known for exeptional performances with superstar singers and conductors. The Vienna Opera has probably the best opera orchestra in the world, which is made up of members of the Vienna Philharmonic.
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While a handful of opera houses in the world may be able to compete with the Vienna State Opera’s repertoire and production schedule, surely none can rival its remarkable history. With 50–60 operas being produced each year, and performances nearly every night, this institution is a clear reflection of Vienna’s deep passion for its art.
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About the Vienna State Opera
One of the world’s premier opera venues, in a city famous for its nearobsession with this art form, the Vienna State Opera is a cultural institution par excellence. The opera is closely linked to the equally esteemed Vienna Philharmonic. In fact, only a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra can even be considered for membership in the Vienna Philharmonic.
Vienna State Opera Ballet (Wiener Staatsballett)
The Vienna State Opera also offers a world–class ballet expertly directed by Manuel Legris, the former principal dancer of the Paris Ballet. The ballet provides the ensemble for both the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Volksoper.
Vienna Opera Ball
The Vienna Opera Ball is a perennial highlight of the Vienna ball season. The elite of Viennese high society come out in their finest attire. International guests from the world of art, business and politics also attend, adding up to 12,000 guests each year.
The ball is held in the Vienna State Opera house and no expense is spared. The auditorium is completely transformed into a gigantic ballroom, decorated with more than 20,000 flowers. During the opening of the ball, guests are treated to performances by both the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and the Wiener Staatsballett.
The highlight of the evening is the entrance of the debutantes – the 360 young men and women fortunate enough to be chosen for the prestigious role. Afterwards, the dance master invites everyone to the dance floor with the famous words of Strauss: “Alles Walzer!” (Let the waltz begin!) Traditionally, at midnight and at 3 a.m., a quadrille is danced. The unforgettable night ends at 5 a.m..
Completed just as Vienna was marching to the triumphant crescendo of its findesiècle, the Vienna State Opera has been a defining institution ever since.
On May 25th, 1869, the Vienna Opera was opened with Mozart's Don Giovanni. Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Elisabeth (Sissi) were in attendance. The opera house was the first major project on Vienna’s new Ring Road (Ringstrasse).
Since then, the opera has faced everything from the harshest of architectural criticism to Allied bombing in the Second World War. During that bombing, the building burnt for two days. The auditorium and the stage, as well as almost all of the decor and around 150,000 costumes, were destroyed by the flames.
Following the hardships of the war and its immediate aftermath, the opera was restored to its previous splendor. The building served as a centerpiece in Vienna’s efforts to find a new identity after the darkest days of its difficult 20th century. Today, Vienna's transformation is complete. When the world thinks of Vienna, it thinks of great opera at its finest cultural institutions, with the Vienna State Opera paramount among them.
The Vienna State Opera also offers an outstanding guided tour. Lasting approximately 40 minutes, it covers the entrance foyer, main staircase, Marble Hall, tea salon, Schwind Foyer, Gustav Mahler Hall and the auditorium. The tour is full of fascinating facts about the Vienna State Opera, the history of the company, the architecture of the building and opera business. The guided tours are offered in eight languages.
Standing Room Tickets
The Vienna State Opera offers special standing room tickets 80 minutes before the start of any given performance. These can only be purchased at the special standing room box office (entrance in the Operngasse). For sold–out performances, there are usually long queues, with fans waiting hours before the box office opens. Please note that each person can purchase two standing tickets only. That's just one more reason to buy your seats ahead of time and avoid the lines.