Vienna State Opera. Home of one of the world’s greatest orchestras
A world-leading orchestra needs to be heard in a magnificent setting. And they don’t get more magnificent than this. Home to the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna State Opera is a superb example of the Neo-Renaissance style. Built in the 1860's, it’s survived bombing and warfare and stands as one of the city’s classic buildings.
When you hop off your Vienna Bus Tour, if you can, take a look at the interior. The marble stairs draw you into the stately entrance, and the halls are richly decorated. In the loggia you can see paintings by Moritz von Schwind depicting famous operas, including Mozart’s Magic Flute. There are plenty of statues and adornments too –they don’t do things by halves!
Enjoy the music
Some big names are associated with this grand landmark. Gustav Mahler conducted here. So did Herbert von Karajan. Even if you’re not a huge fan of classical music, a concert here is a spectacular event. You might be able to grab some ‘standing room only’ tickets that are sold immediately before each performance.
The Vienna Ball
Every year the stage and orchestra stalls are converted into a dance floor for the Vienna Opera Ball. If you’re here over the festive period, perhaps you’ll get a chance to mingle with the elite. The Austrian Federal President hosts the event, and over 100 couples in evening dress open the Ball before the party truly begins.
Other interesting facts about Vienna State Opera:
- Concerts are held 300 days of the year
- The programme of concerts changes daily
- Every year around 50 operas and 15 ballets are performed here
- In 1998, when Austria presided over the European Union, Fidelio was broadcast live to 15 capital cities from the opera house