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
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Postcard from Vienna

Are you visiting the land of waltzes and Glühwein? Unwind to reviewer Chanda VanderHart's cultural picks.
August 2017
Evening performance
Matinee performance
Wachau © Domäne Wachau
© Domäne Wachau
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InnsbruckBach Academy

Bach, Bach C.P.E.
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin; Bernhard Forck; Isabelle Faust

InnsbruckMorire d'Amore

Monteverdi, Peri, d'India, Rossi
Sophie Rennert; David Bergmüller

InnsbruckAriadne auf Naxos

Scheibe, Benda, Haydn
Ann-Beth Solvang; Andrea Coen

GrafeneggCzech Philharmonic and Truls Mork

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Tomáš Netopil; Truls Mørk

InnsbruckThe Roman Unrest, or The Noble-Minded Octavia

Keiser: Octavia
Jörg Halubek; Francois de Carpentries; Karine van Hercke; Suzanne Jérosme; Morgan Pearse
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Uchida plays to her strengths in Salzburg

On a warm summer's evening in Mozart's home city, Japanese master pianist Dame Mitsuko Uchida delivered a delicately crafted solo recital.
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Netrebko triumphs as Aida

Muti's reading of the score is extraordinary, both for its sophistication and originality.
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Skilfully constructed: Wozzeck at the Salzburg Festival

A skilfully constructed production, and one that plays with the our perspectives. Whether the images are flashbacks from a war-troubled Wozzeck or a Büchner-esque portent of the horrors to come is left for the audience to decide.
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Socking the audience between the eyes

Youth was a hindrance rather than a virtue in this testosterone-driven performance which sought more than anything to sock the audience between the eyes
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Evil triumphs beautifully in Monteverdi 450 Poppea

The final opera in Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Monteverdi 450 trilogy features an excellent cast and inspires deep emotion.
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