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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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ViennaBach & Bruckner

Bach, Bruckner
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Leonidas Kavakos

ViennaCapriccio

Daniela Fally (Italian Singer) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Poehn
Strauss R.: Capriccio
Michael Boder; Marco Arturo Marelli; Vienna State Opera; Dagmar Niefind; Anna Gabler; Angelika Kirchschlager

ViennaSamson et DalilaNew production

Elīna Garanča (Dalila) and Roberto Alagna (Samson) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila (Samson and Delilah)
Marco Armiliato; Alexandra Liedtke; Vienna State Opera; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Su Bühler; Elīna Garanča; Roberto Alagna

ViennaLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Marco Armiliato; Jean-François Sivadier; Vienna State Opera; Alexandre de Dardel; Irina Lungu; Pavol Breslik; Plácido Domingo

ViennaHeldentaten: Wiener Symphoniker spielen Strauss

Strauss R.
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Philippe Jordan; Herbert Müller; Gautier Capuçon

ViennaTchaikovsky's Fifth

Tchaikovsky's Fifth
Garzia, Shor, Tchaikovsky
Malta Philharmonic Orchestra; Sergey Smbatyan; Nareh Arghamanyan; David Aaron Carpenter

ViennaRigoletto

Rigoletto
Verdi: Rigoletto
Marco Armiliato; Pierre Audi; Vienna State Opera; Christof Hetzer; Aida Garifullina; Juan Diego Flórez
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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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Artistic prowess from Hrůša at the Musikverein

Jakub Hrůša © Pavel Hejnz
An unusual programme at the Musikverein, drawing together works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and a piano concerto by Britten. 
***11
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Goerne and Trifonov at the Konzerthaus

Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta | Deutsche Grammophon
Despite some fascinating, impressive and often beautiful moments, the consistent refusal to give the audience time to applaud, pause and digest what they had just heard turned the evening into a wash of death songs.
**111
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Clarity, vision and precision: Philharmonia Zürich at the Konzerthaus

Teodor Currentzis © Anton Zavyalov
Grimaud married incredible precision and rigour with moving sensitivity and ease. She led the listener clearly through the score without dropping a detail, but never gave the feeling that she was micro-managing.
****1
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Bringing a picnic to the poltergeist

Luca Pisaroni (Leporello) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Jean-Louis Martinoty’s scenically seductive Don Giovanni comes as a welcome relief from recent Regietheater aberrations. 
***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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