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
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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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ViennaArabella

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

ViennaDer Rosenkavalier

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

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
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Putting frippery before Freud

The current stage-setting of Arabella at the Wiener Staatsoper proves that “all that’s Glittenberg” is not gold.
***11
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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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