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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Austria

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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.
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ViennaFalstaff

Verdi: Falstaff
James Conlon; Sir David McVicar; Vienna State Opera; Charles Edwards; Gabrielle Dalton; Carlos Álvarez; Olga Bezsmertna

BregenzWiener Symphoniker auf Tour

Berlioz, Beethoven
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Antoine Tamestit

ViennaSylviaNew production

Delibes: Sylvia
Manuel Legris; Vienna State Ballet; Kevin Rhodes; Luisa Spinatelli; Jacques Giovanangeli

ViennaKammermusik der Wiener Philharmoniker 5

Leclair, Bartók, Genzmer, Bax, Fauré, Debussy
Aurora Trio Wien; Charlotte Balzereit; Karl-Heinz Schütz; Gerhard Marschner

ViennaWiener Staatsballett in der Volksoper: Coppélia

Delibes: Coppélia
Pierre Lacotte; Vienna State Ballet; Simon Hewett; Lorenz C Aichner; Jean-Luc Simonini; Michel Ronvaux
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Polished perfection: Winterreise at the Musikverein

Christian Gerhaher © Gregor Hohenberg | Sony Classical
Whether one prefers more raw emotion and large-scale architecture or is thrilled by perfectly sculpted individual masterpieces, this was undeniably chamber music of the highest order.
****1
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A psychological drama: Weber's Euryanthe in Vienna

Jacquelyn Wagner (Euryanthe) and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir © Monika Rittershaus
Vienna's Theater an der Wien stage a seldom performed opera by Carl Maria von Weber with an excellent cast, orchestra, and chorus.  
****1
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Tristan und Isolde arrives in Linz from Bayreuth

Heiko Börner (Tristan) and Annemarie Kremer (Isolde) © Reinhard Winkler
25 years after its creation in Bayreuth, Director Heiner Müller's legendary production of Tristan und Isolde was recreated and presented in Linz with committed performers with great success.
****1
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Sublimely intimate Schubert from Mitsuko Uchida at the Musikverein

Dame Mitsuko Uchida © Decca | Justin Pumfrey
The soul of the composer seems very much alive in her touch, particularly in his most retrospective moments.
****1
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Strongly cast Guillaume Tell hits its mark at Theater an der Wien

Christoph Pohl (Guillaume Tell) and Anita Rosati (Jemmy) © Moritz Schell
Osborn absolutely lives the part; he negotiated formidable heights, intricate passage work and the sheer volume of notes with style and clarity as well as colour and nuance. 
****1
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