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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
© Tourismus Salzburg | Günter Breitegger
a city synonymous with art and music...

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.
March 2018
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Wachau © Domäne Wachau
© Domäne Wachau
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ViennaA Quiet Place

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

ViennaMendelssohn, Britten & Brahms

Mendelssohn, Britten, Brahms
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Jakub Hrůša; Leif Ove Andsnes


Aleksandra Kurzak (Desdemona) und Roberto Alagna (Otello) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Verdi: Otello
Graeme Jenkins; Christine Mielitz; Vienna State Opera; Christian Floeren; Roberto Alagna; Aleksandra Kurzak

ViennaDean, Bernstein, Beethoven

Dean, Bernstein, Beethoven
Tonkünstler Orchestra; Hugh Wolff

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
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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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