- Address: Opernring 2, Google Maps
- Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic
- Events: Opera, Ballet, Concerts
- Seats: 1560
The Vienna Opera House is one of the leading opera houses in the world, and has always engaged many of the world’s most important artists.
The Vienna State Opera was founded in 1869 as the "Vienna Court Opera". The popularity of the opera house grew under the influence of the first directors, especially under Gustav Mahler.
The opera house was planned by the Viennese architect August Sicard von Sicardsburg, while the interior was designed by Eduard van der Nüll. Tragically, neither of the architects lived to see the opening of the opera house.
The years 1938 to 1945 were a dark chapter in the history of the Vienna Opera House. Many members of the house were driven out, pursued, and killed, and many works were not allowed to be played.
On March 12, 1945, the opera house was set alight during a bombing. In the next ten years the Vienna State Opera company staged performances at the Vienna Volksoper and at the Theater an der Wien, while the main building was being rebuilt. On 5 November 1955 the Vienna Opera House reopened with a new auditorium and modernized technology.
Today the Vienna Opera House is one of the busiest opera houses in the world staging more than 350 performances each season. To revitalize its repertoire, the Vienna Opera House regularly presents modern masterpieces alongside the classics, and always the best loved operas in the repertoire such as Tosca, La Traviata, La Boheme, Le nozze di Figaro, Der Rosenkavalier and many more.The Vienna State Opera employs over 1000 people.
The Vienna opera house and children
The Vienna Opera Ball
The Vienna Opera Ball takes place every year in the Vienna Opera House. The first ball in the opera house took place in 1877. Together with the New Year Concert, the ball is one of the highlights of the Viennese carnival season.