Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Vienna

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The Wiener Staatsoper's Live at Home

The Vienna State Opera's subscription service offers 45 live broadcasts a year for a monthly fee. The intention is to foster in your home a sense of the live occasion, as distinct from the mere provision of a video library.
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Postcard from Vienna

Are you visiting the land of waltzes and Glühwein? Unwind to reviewer Chanda VanderHart's cultural picks.
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ViennaLied von der Nacht

Mahler: Symphony no. 7
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Paavo Järvi

ViennaFidelio

Beethoven: Fidelio
Cornelius Meister; Otto Schenk; Vienna State Opera; Günther Schneider-Siemssen; Leo Bei; Camilla Nylund; Peter Seiffert

ViennaSwan Lake

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; Rudolf Nureyev; Vienna State Ballet; Alex Ingram

ViennaDer Rosenkavalier

Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier
Sascha Goetzel; Otto Schenk; Vienna State Opera; Rudolf Heinrich; Erni Kniepert; Linda Watson; Daniela Fally

ViennaSiegfried

Wagner: Siegfried
Peter Schneider; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Stefan Vinke; Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
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Peter Schneider takes the Valkyries on a wild ride in Vienna

Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s minimalist staging brought the protagonists’ complicated psychological interaction into focus but to the detriment of Wagner’s myth and magic.
***11
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Toronto Symphony a Season Highlight at the Konzerthaus Wien

After a 34 year hiatus from the Konzerthaus stage, the Toronto Symphony gave a knockout performance that had everything in spades
****1
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Bechtolf's Ring returns to the Wiener Staatsoper

A festive air was palpable – the house was technically sold out – as the first of a set of three Ring cycles launched at the Wiener Staatsoper. 
***11
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Atmospheric Lenten concert by Currentzis

This Lenten concert given by Currentzis and MusicAeterna at Vienna’s Konzerthaus was certainly solemn and atmospheric – the auditorium was shrouded in darkness from beginning to end.
****1
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Reimann’s murderous Medea at the Staatsoper

In 2010, the première of Reimann's Medea was welcomed with enthusiasm, leading the Staatsoper to relaunch it this season for a second run.
****1
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