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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
Salzburg
© 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.
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ViennaLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Marco Armiliato; Jean-François Sivadier; Vienna State Opera; Alexandre de Dardel; Irina Lungu; Pavol Breslik; Plácido Domingo

LandeckBernstein / Mozart / Beethoven

Bernstein, Mozart, Beethoven
Tiroler Kammerorchester InnStrumenti

InnsbruckBernstein / Mozart / Beethoven

Bernstein, Mozart, Beethoven
Tiroler Kammerorchester InnStrumenti

InnsbruckBernstein / Mozart / Beethoven

Bernstein, Mozart, Beethoven
Tiroler Kammerorchester InnStrumenti

ViennaCapriccio

Daniela Fally (Italian Singer) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Poehn
Strauss R.: Capriccio
Michael Boder; Marco Arturo Marelli; Vienna State Opera; Dagmar Niefind; Anna Gabler; Camilla Nylund
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Capriccio: Strauss’ swansong at the Staatsoper

Daniela Fally (Italian Singer) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Poehn
Vienna State Opera offered a solid production in which precious little gleamed.
***11
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From Beethoven to Shostakovich at the Musikverein

Igor Levit © Gregor Hohenberg
If Beethoven referred to his own compositional approach as “redend” (speaking), then Levit speaks him clearly, beautifully and fluently.
****1
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Softly awakes my cold, cold heart: Samson et Dalila

Elīna Garanča (Dalila) and Roberto Alagna (Samson) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Saint-Saëns' exotic dip into the Bible is given a cool update in Alexandra Liedtke's new production at the Wiener Staatsoper.
***11
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Artistic prowess from Hrůša at the Musikverein

Jakub Hrůša © Pavel Hejnz
An unusual programme at the Musikverein, drawing together works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and a piano concerto by Britten. 
***11
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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.
**111
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