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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ViennaElektra

Strauss R.: Elektra
Michael Boder; Uwe-Eric Laufenberg; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Nina Stemme; Waltraud Meier

ViennaPelléas and MélisandeNeue Produktion

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Alain Altinoglu; Marco Arturo Marelli; Vienna State Opera; Dagmar Niefind; Olga Bezsmertna; Adrian Eröd

ViennaL'Elisir d'Amore

Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
Guillermo García Calvo; Otto Schenk; Vienna State Opera; Jürgen Rose; Valentina Naforniţă; Jinxu Xiahou; Marco Caria

ViennaIl trovatore

Verdi: Il trovatore
Marco Armiliato; Daniele Abbado; Vienna State Opera; Graziano Gregori; Carla Teti; George Petean; Anna Netrebko

ViennaLe nozze di Figaro

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Ádám Fischer; Jean-Louis Martinoty; Vienna State Opera; Hans Schavernoch; Sylvie de Segonzac; Adam Plachetka; Dorothea Röschmann
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Vinke’s smiling hero saves an otherwise sluggish Siegfried

Stefan Vinke was a convincing, petulant, pouty Siegfried in the third episode in Wagner's Ring cycle in Vienna.
***11
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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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