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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ViennaDer Rosenkavalier

Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier
Ádám Fischer; Otto Schenk; Vienna State Opera; Rudolf Heinrich; Erni Kniepert; Krassimira Stoyanova; Erin Morley

ViennaArabella

Strauss R.: Arabella
Patrick Lange; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Anna Gabler; Chen Reiss

ViennaWeihnachtsoratorium

Bach: Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium), BWV248
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Philippe Jordan; Julia Kleiter; Wiebke Lehmkuhl; Werner Güra; Andrè Schuen

ViennaWeihnachtskonzert

Bach: Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium), BWV248
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Philippe Jordan; Julia Kleiter; Wiebke Lehmkuhl; Werner Güra; Andrè Schuen

ViennaDie Zauberflöte

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Ádám Fischer; Moshe Leiser; Vienna State Opera; Christian Fenouillat; Agostino Cavalca; Olga Bezsmertna; Hila Fahima

ViennaHänsel und Gretel

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Patrick Lange; Adrian Noble; Vienna State Opera; Anthony Ward; Adrian Eröd; Donna Ellen; Margaret Plummer

ViennaBeethoven 2 & 9

Beethoven
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Philippe Jordan; Emily Magee; Anke Vondung; Andreas Schager; Dimitry Ivashchenko
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Trinks’ cut and paste Siegfried far from idyllic

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.  
**111
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Portraits of the Female: Barbara Hannigan

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. 
****1
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A vocally strong Lulu in Vienna

Vienna staged the first three-act performance of Lulu with Willy Decker adding to his 2000 production, with excellent singing contributing to its success.
****1
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Laufenberg’s Elektra a disappointment in Vienna

German theatre director Uwe Eric Laufenberg freely incorporates some of Stanley Kubrik’s horror story concepts into his Elektra, but in ignoring both Sophocles and Strauss, is a long way from shining.  
***11
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Dreams and reality: a brilliant Daphne in Vienna

The Wiener Staatsoper revives a beautiful production of Daphne that juxtaposes myth, dream and reality, with brilliant vocal performances by the two leads.
****1
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Golden Strauss echoes around the Musikverein

Capuçon warmed up through the melancholy second movement, exhibiting seamless legato and the ability to feather his phrases with finesse and subtlety
****1
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Mozart and Rott make for a memorable concert in Vienna

After Jan Lisiecki gave an immaculate interpretation of a perennial Mozart piano concerto, Sebastian Weigle revelled in the brassy bravura of a symphony which remains virtually unknown in the city where it was composed over a hundred years ago.
****1
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Interview

Dominique Meyer innovates at Wiener Staatsoper

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

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

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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