Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Austria

Vienna Philharmonic's Summer night Concert at Schönbrunn, Vienna 2016 © Wiener Philharmoniker | Richard Schuster
Vienna Philharmonic's Summer night Concert at Schönbrunn, Vienna 2016
© Wiener Philharmoniker | Richard Schuster
There are so many classical music concerts and opera taking place in Austria that there is always something for you, no matter what you enjoy - from the Vienna State Opera to the Salzburg Festival, from Strauß to Blasmusik, from Mozart to Schönberg. Check our calendar and use our event finder to discover concerts, opera or ballet performances in Austria; tonight, this weekend or the forthcoming month. Our latest reviews will let you know everything about what’s going on, providing you with a classical echo of irresistible and picturesque Austria.
Salzburg © Tourismus Salzburg | Günter Breitegger
Salzburg
© Tourismus Salzburg | Günter Breitegger
a city synonymous with art and music...

Postcard from Vienna

Are you visiting the land of waltzes and Glühwein? Unwind to reviewer Chanda VanderHart's cultural picks.
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Wachau © Domäne Wachau
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SalzburgOrquestra de Cadaqués: Austria-Slovenia Tour

Albéniz, Piazzolla, Mendelssohn
Orquestra de Cadaqués; Jaime Martín; Leticia Moreno

ViennaPelléas et Mélisande

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Daniel Harding; Marco Arturo Marelli; Vienna State Opera; Christiane Karg; Bernard Richter; Simon Keenlyside; Peter Rose

ViennaWozzeckNew Production

Berg: Wozzeck
Leo Hussain; Robert Carsen; Theater an der Wien; Gideon Davey; Lise Lindstrom; John Daszak; Florian Boesch

ViennaRusalka

Dvořák: Rusalka
Tomáš Hanus; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Krassimira Stoyanova; Dmytro Popov

ViennaThe GamblerNew production

Prokofiev: The Gambler
Simone Young; Karoline Gruber; Vienna State Opera; Roy Spahn; Mechthild Seipel; Elena Guseva; Linda Watson
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Verdi’s family drama: Die Räuber at the Volksoper

In the city of Freud there is nothing like a bit of family drama to put one in the mood for a great season of opera!
***11
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A chilling merry-go-round: Prokofiev’s The Gambler in Vienna

High intensity girl power for a complex task: Simone Young shines in the pit, Karoline Gruber’s staging convinces with expertise and attention to detail.
****1
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A stellar cast for a Handelian rarity

Ann Hallenberg shines in an amazing cast in a concert performance of Handel's Ottone in Vienna. 
***11
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Big on decibels, short on detail

Gun-Brit Barkmin’s Salome was neither sexy, salacious, psycho-erotic nor particularly well sung.
***11
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Joie de vivre in Dvořák and Schubert at the Schubertiade

A Dvořák-Schubert double bill at this year’s celebrated Schubertiade featured a host of extraordinary artists in a tight and dynamic performance.
****1
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