Preserve it classical: A tour of the beautiful Vienna Opera Home

In German, it is referred to as the Wiener Staatsoper. In English, it is Vienna State Opera. That is one in every of world’s most legendary opera homes. and with 1,709 seats, and room for 567 extra standing, it is also one of many largest. It homes 350 performances yearly, making it one of many busiest too.

Fabled composers resembling Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss have been conductors in the course of the Staatsoper’s lengthy historical past. When the previous was working the large present, it was referred to as the Vienna Courtroom Opera, or extra precisely, the Wiener Hofoper, and the nation on the time was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, dominated by Emperor Franz Joseph I.  

Regardless of vising this unbelievable metropolis a number of instances, I solely not too long ago toured this well-known constructing. It was nicely value it. Here is the way it seems.

The Magic Flute

Development began in 1861 and took eight years. As you’d anticipate of such a now-famous constructing, it was immediately beloved by the Viennese. Besides, it wasn’t. That adoration came to visit time.

It was beneath the tenure of Mahler on the flip of the final century that the Hofoper got here into its personal, reworking right into a extra fashionable efficiency venue.

Die Fledermaus

The Staatsoper was closely broken throughout WWII. The doorway, stairway and frescos remained intact, however the auditorium and stage, together with 1000’s of props and costumes, have been all destroyed. For the following 10 years the opera carried out elsewhere in Vienna whereas the auditorium was rebuilt. It reopened in 1955, wanting largely because it did earlier than the battle. The primary efficiency within the rebuilt Staatsoper was Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” which was additionally broadcast on this new factor referred to as tv.

At the moment, 350 performances yearly appeal to over 600,000 individuals. Sixty operas and ballets are within the repertoire, sung and danced by 220 singers and 100 dancers. Thirty totally different conductors drive the present. Behind the scenes, some 200 stage palms be sure every thing goes off with no hitch.


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Many performances are streamed dwell, and there are apps for iOS, Android and Amazon Hearth. Sure productions are even in Extremely HD 4K decision, however solely on Samsung TVs.

Standing room

Although tickets may be costly, the Staatsoper actively encourages attendance by everybody. Shortly earlier than every efficiency you should buy tickets to one of many standing areas. Sure, you may want to face throughout your complete efficiency, however these tickets are only a few euros.

All the standing areas, and all of the seats, have LCD screens that show subtitles in a number of languages, since every opera is carried out in its authentic language.  

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Don Giovanni

Whether or not you are seated, standing and even simply on a tour, the Staatsoper is an unbelievable constructing with a legendary musical historical past. Actually, Vienna itself is pleasant. OK, much less so within the winter when you’re not a fan of chilly. However in the summertime it is wonderful. Yr-round the persons are unbelievable too, only a bit extra bundled up this time of 12 months.

Seat costs differ per efficiency. The most effective seats for the preferred reveals and nights can run 273 euros (about $325, £240 or AU£420) however may also be as little as 6 euros. Seats with “sichteinschränkung,” or obstructed view, are on the cheaper aspect, after all.

Excursions run practically each afternoon and price 9 euros (about $11, £eight or AU$14). So even when you do not soak up a present, undoubtedly take a tour. If Vienna is not in your plans, take a look at the images above.


In his alternate life as a journey author, Geoff does excursions of cool museums and places around the globe together with nuclear submarinesmedieval castlesiconic music studios and extra. You’ll be able to comply with his exploits on Twitter, Instagram and on his journey weblog BaldNomad. He additionally wrote a bestselling sci-fi novel

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