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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
© wien.info
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ViennaSylviaNew production

Delibes: Sylvia
Manuel Legris; Vienna State Ballet; Kevin Rhodes; Luisa Spinatelli; Jacques Giovanangeli

ViennaBerlioz & Beethoven

Berlioz, Beethoven
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Antoine Tamestit

ViennaGötterdämmerung

Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Axel Kober; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Stephen Gould; Iréne Theorin

ViennaWiener Staatsballet in der Volksoper: Märchenwelt Ballett

Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov
Andrey Kaydanovskiy; Vesna Orlic; Vienna State Ballet; Alfred Eschwé; Karoline Hogl; Alexandra Burgstaller

ViennaSolistenkonzert Joseph Calleja | Vincenzo Scalera

Joseph Calleja; Vincenzo Scalera

ViennaFalstaff

Verdi: Falstaff
James Conlon; Sir David McVicar; Vienna State Opera; Charles Edwards; Gabrielle Dalton; Carlos Álvarez; Olga Bezsmertna

ViennaKammermusik der Wiener Philharmoniker 5

Leclair, Bartók, Genzmer, Bax, Fauré, Debussy
Aurora Trio Wien; Charlotte Balzereit; Karl-Heinz Schütz; Gerhard Marschner
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A psychological drama: Weber's Euryanthe in Vienna

Jacquelyn Wagner (Euryanthe) and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir © Monika Rittershaus
Vienna's Theater an der Wien stage a seldom performed opera by Carl Maria von Weber with an excellent cast, orchestra, and chorus.  
****1
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Sublimely intimate Schubert from Mitsuko Uchida at the Musikverein

Dame Mitsuko Uchida © Decca | Justin Pumfrey
The soul of the composer seems very much alive in her touch, particularly in his most retrospective moments.
****1
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Strongly cast Guillaume Tell hits its mark at Theater an der Wien

Christoph Pohl (Guillaume Tell) and Anita Rosati (Jemmy) © Moritz Schell
Osborn absolutely lives the part; he negotiated formidable heights, intricate passage work and the sheer volume of notes with style and clarity as well as colour and nuance. 
****1
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Hector Berlioz' Les Troyens conquer Vienna

Les Troyens © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
An epic night at the opera with Joyce DiDonato, which will be hard to forget.
*****
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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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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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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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