"Grand Old Opry, Viennese Style" Wiener Staatsoper - State Opera House Tip by yooperprof

  Music hath charms. . .
by yooperprof
 
 

Don't just look at the exterior of this fine opera house! Be sure to get inside, to get a feel for the grandeur and opulence which Vienna's audiences have enjoyed since the Staatsoper was openen in 1869. There are tours during the day, and of course superlative musical performances in the evening. Opera is not the only thing on the bill of fare: I had the good fortune of seeing an amazing performance of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake here - with 32 swans in the corps de ballet! A few nights later the Vienna Jazz Festival had taken over the house, and I heard the legendary Shirley Horn sing here. Treat yourself to a good seat and enjoy the view - this is a relatively small house (1900 capacity) - at least in comparison to behemoths like the Lyric Opera in Chicago.

Address: Opernring 2, 1st District
Directions: www.wiener-staatsoper.at
closest u-bahn station is Karlsplatz

Phone: +43 1 514442250
Website: http://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/Content.Node/home/Startseite-Content.en.php

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  • Updated Aug 12, 2003
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