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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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ViennaKammermusik der Wiener Philharmoniker 1

Schubert, Beethoven, Schumann
Johannes Kostner; Martin Kubik; Ursula Ruppe; Georgy Goryunov

ViennaWerther

Massenet: Werther
Frédéric Chaslin; Andrei Serban; Vienna State Opera; Peter Pabst; Petra Reinhardt; Dmitry Korchak; Sophie Koch

ViennaLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Evelino Pidò; Jean-François Sivadier; Vienna State Opera; Alexandre de Dardel; Virginie Gervaise; Albina Shagimuratova; Pavol Breslik

ViennaWiener Staatsballet in der Volksoper: Ein Sommernachtstraum

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Jorma Elo; Vienna State Ballet; Andreas Schüller; Sandra Woodall; Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper

ViennaGiselle

Adam: Giselle
Jean Coralli; Jules Perrot; Elena Tschernischova; Vienna State Ballet; Ermanno Florio; Paul Connelly; Ingolf Bruun; Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera
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Magical musicianship, but drab direction

Mirella Hagen (Morgana) and Rainer Trost (Oronte) © Herwig Prammer
Marlis Petersen's Alcina bloomed for a knockout “Ah! mio cor!” just in time for intermission.
***11
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Larcher's The Hunting Gun premieres in Bregenz

Robin Tritschler (Poet) © Bregenzer Festspiele | Anja Köhler
The restrained pacing of Larcher's opera suited the intimate setting of the Werkstattbühne.
****1
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Sacrifice to passion: L’incoronazione di Poppea in Salzburg

Kate Lindsey (Nerone) and Sonya Yoncheva (Poppea) © Salzburger Festspiele | Maarten Vanden Abeele
A wonderful cast conducted by William Christie in a new production of L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Salzburg Festival. 
****1
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Jansons trumps Neuenfels' tame Pique Dame in Salzburg

Evgenia Muraveva (Lisa) and Brandon Jovanovich (Hermann) © Monika Rittershaus
Mariss Jansons and the Vienna Philharmonic do the real storytelling as Hans Neuenfels' staging underwhelms.
***11
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On the rocks: An ice-cold Salome in Salzburg

Asmik Grigorian (Salome) © Ruth Walz
An astonishing performance by Asmik Grigorian is central to the Italian director's disturbing reading of a disturbing opera. 
****1
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