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.
postcard from vienna

Postcard from Vienna

Are you visiting the land of waltzes and Glühwein? Unwind to reviewer Chanda VanderHart's cultural picks.
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ViennaEin Haydn Spaß

ViennaLa Fille mal gardée

Hérold: La Fille mal gardée
Vienna State Ballet; Simon Hewett

ViennaBeethoven Symphonies 1 & 3

Beethoven
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Philippe Jordan

ViennaL'Elisir d'Amore

Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
Pavel Baleff; Otto Schenk; Vienna State Opera; Jürgen Rose; Aida Garifullina; Jinxu Xiahou; Pietro Spagnoli

ViennaMassenet: Don Quichotte

Massenet: Don Quichotte
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse; Johannes Prinz; Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien; Tugan Sokhiev; Ferruccio Furlanetto; Andrii Goniukov
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A triumphant new Trovatore in Vienna

Vienna stages an all-star new production of Verdi's classic, with sublime singing in Daniele Abbado's Spanish Civil War setting.
*****
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The Congress dances in Vienna

In spite of some good singing, the Volksoper's update of Werner Richard Heymann's 1931 movie doesn't quite catch fire.

All the world’s a stage: The Fairy Queen in Vienna

At the Theater an der Wien, director Mariame Clément and novelist Lucy Wadham have crafted innovative material that brings the old-fashioned lyrics to life in a coherent and contemporary dramatic setting.
****1
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The Dead City lacks excitement in Vienna

Die tote Stadt at the Vienna State Opera features strong playing and singing but little drama.
***11
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A visually strong Der Kaiser von Atlantis at the Kammeroper

To those unfamiliar with Victor Ullman’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, oder Die Tod-Verweigerung, the story of the work’s inception is almost as gripping as the libretto itself. 
***11
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