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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Vienna

Vienna State Opera, view from the Albertina museum ©
Vienna State Opera, view from the Albertina museum
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ViennaDean, Bernstein, Beethoven

Dean, Bernstein, Beethoven
Tonkünstler Orchestra; Hugh Wolff

ViennaA Quiet Place

Bernstein: A Quiet Place
Walter Kobera; Neue Oper Wien; Christian Andre Tabakoff; Katrin Targo; Nathan Haller; Dániel Foki

ViennaDantons TodNew production

© Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Poehn
von Einem: Dantons Tod (Danton's Death)
Susanna Mälkki; Josef Ernst Köpplinger; Vienna State Opera; Rainer Sinell; Alfred Mayerhofer; Wolfgang Koch; Herbert Lippert

ViennaMadama Butterfly

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Ramón Tebar; Josef Gielen; Vienna State Opera; Tsugouharu Foujita; Elena Guseva; Massimiliano Pisapia; Boaz Daniel

ViennaDean, Bernstein, Beethoven

Dean, Bernstein, Beethoven
Tonkünstler Orchestra; Hugh Wolff


Wagner: Parsifal
Semyon Bychkov; Alvis Hermanis; Vienna State Opera; Kristīne Jurjāne; Jochen Schmeckenbecher; Boaz Daniel

ViennaFrühling in Wien - das TV-Osterkonzert der Wiener Symphoniker

Brahms, Dvořák, Mozart, Strauss II, Janoska
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Ádám Fischer; Janoska Ensemble
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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Hagen: Part 1 of a “Second Generation” Ring at the Theater an der Wien

Samuel Youn (Hagen) and Martin Winkler (Alberich) © Herwig Prammer
Hagen, the first chapter in the Theater an der Wien's reimagining of The Ring, features music from Das Rhinegold and Götterdämmerung woven seamlessly together, telling the story from the perspective of Hagen, son of Nibelung dwarf, Alberich.
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Putting frippery before Freud

Anna Gabler (Arabella) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
The current stage-setting of Arabella at the Wiener Staatsoper proves that “all that’s Glittenberg” is not gold.
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Trinks’ cut and paste Siegfried far from idyllic

Marcel Beekman (Mime) and Daniel Brenna (Siegfried) © Herwig Prammer
Tatjana Gürbaca’s whole scale tampering with Wagner’s Siegfried had so many flashbacks and flashforwards there should have been a warning for photosensitive members of the audience.  
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Portraits of the Female: Barbara Hannigan

Barbara Hannigan © Elmer de Haas
Hannigan plays with expectations, opening with a single spotlight after a complete stage blackout to dramatic effect, and I am pretty sure she was rocking slippers on stage. 
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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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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.
March 2018
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