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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Vienna

Vienna State Opera, view from the Albertina museum © wien.info
Vienna State Opera, view from the Albertina museum
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ViennaWerther

Massenet: Werther
Frédéric Chaslin; Andrei Serban; Vienna State Opera; Peter Pabst; Petra Reinhardt; Dmitry Korchak; Sophie Koch

ViennaGiselle

Adam: Giselle
Jean Coralli; Jules Perrot; Elena Tschernischova; Vienna State Ballet; Ermanno Florio; Paul Connelly; Ingolf Bruun; Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera

ViennaFridays@7: Mahler

Mahler
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; David Zinman; Dorothea Röschmann; Jennifer Johnston

ViennaWiener Staatsballet in der Volksoper: Ein Sommernachtstraum

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Jorma Elo; Vienna State Ballet; Andreas Schüller; Sandra Woodall; Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper

ViennaMahler

Mahler: Symphony no. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; David Zinman; Dorothea Röschmann; Jennifer Johnston; Wiener Singakademie; Heinz Ferlesch

ViennaDon Pasquale

Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Evelino Pidò; Irina Brook; Vienna State Opera; Nöelle Ginefri-Corbel; Sylvie Martin-Hyszka; Ambrogio Maestri; Andrea Carroll

ViennaEnsemblematinee im Mahler-Saal 1

Mariam Battistelli; Michael Laurenz
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Magical musicianship, but drab direction

Mirella Hagen (Morgana) and Rainer Trost (Oronte) © Herwig Prammer
Marlis Petersen's Alcina bloomed for a knockout “Ah! mio cor!” just in time for intermission.
***11
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Vocal wonder: Elīna Garanča's Mahler with the Vienna Phil

Elīna Garanča © Karina Schwarz | DG
...the perpetuum mobile character building to a raucously joyous finale that elicited genuine, generous applause.
***11
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Up close and personal at the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna

Die Musik by Gustav Klimt © Wikicommons
A gorgeous programme of Wagner, Strauss and Schoenberg and fragments in sextet arrangements
****1
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A variable evening of Verdi in Vienna

Diana Damrau © Rebecca Fay | Erato
Unlike the conucopia of duets Verdi wrote for soprano and baritone, his music for soprano and bass is much more limited and what exists is not exactly the acme of his output.
***11
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Capriccio: Strauss’ swansong at the Staatsoper

Daniela Fally (Italian Singer) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Poehn
Vienna State Opera offered a solid production in which precious little gleamed.
***11
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From Beethoven to Shostakovich at the Musikverein

Igor Levit © Gregor Hohenberg
If Beethoven referred to his own compositional approach as “redend” (speaking), then Levit speaks him clearly, beautifully and fluently.
****1
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Softly awakes my cold, cold heart: Samson et Dalila

Elīna Garanča (Dalila) and Roberto Alagna (Samson) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Saint-Saëns' exotic dip into the Bible is given a cool update in Alexandra Liedtke's new production at the Wiener Staatsoper.
***11
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ARTICLES AND MORE
Interview

Dominique Meyer innovates at Wiener Staatsoper

Dominique Meyer © Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Pöhn
The Director of the Vienna Staatsoper discusses using technology for the benefit of the art form.
Music education

Music education at the Vienna State Opera

Die Zauberflöte © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Works for children, guided tours behind the scenes and livestreams for school. Staatsoper Director Dominique Meyer is proud of the house's music education programme.
postcard from vienna

Postcard from Vienna

Drinks at the Schweizerhaus © Clemens Pfeiffer | Wikicommons
Are you visiting the land of waltzes and Glühwein? Unwind to reviewer Chanda VanderHart's cultural picks.
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