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Wiener Staatsoper

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Address1010 Vienna
Austria
Capacity1709
ContainsGustav Mahler-Saal
Google maps48° 12' 11.945" N 16° 22' 9.119" E

“Can there be a more potent opera orchestra than the Vienna State Opera’s? I doubt it. It’s the low instruments that make the biggest impact – cellos, basses, tuba, trombones, contrabassoons... When the orchestra was in full cry at the points where the “higher powers” show their hand, the power was overwhelming. But the high instruments play their full part, not least with the high woodwind wail of the falcon’s cry. Throughout, Thielemann drew from his players an extraordinary richness of colour palette, providing the best possible demonstration of the compositional virtuosity in this score. David Karlin, May 2019, Bachtrack

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ViennaLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Giampaolo Bisanti; Jean-François Sivadier; Vienna State Opera; Alexandre de Dardel; Virginie Gervaise; Irina Lungu; Charles Castronovo

ViennaLes Contes d'Hoffmann

Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Frédéric Chaslin; Andrei Serban; Vienna State Opera; Richard Hudson; Yosep Kang; Olga Peretyatko

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Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Jonathan Darlington; Daniele Abbado; Vienna State Opera; Graziano Gregori; Carla Teti; René Pape; Fabio Sartori
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Mistrust, rage and colonialism: Otello at the Staatsoper

Aleksandrs Antonenko (Otello) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
During the “Salce” and “Ave Maria” in Act Four Bezsmertna turned this to magical effect, thinning out and floating her shimmering soprano into gossamer threads.
***11
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Flórez makes a role debut in a stylish production of Manon in Vienna

Nino Machaidze (Manon Lescaut) and Juan Diego Flórez (Chevalier Des Grieux) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Juan Diego Flórez was impressive in his first portrayal of a lovesick soldier/priest in Manon, with Nino Machaidze's accomplished heroine. Andrei Serban's modern and thoughtful production was still fresh and arresting.
****1
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Girl power rules: Vienna State Opera with Die Frau ohne Schatten

Evelyn Herlitzius (Nurse), Camilla Nylund (Empress), Nina Stemme (Dyer's wife) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pohn
The outstanding trio of Nylund, Stemme and Herlitzius soars above a Vienna State Opera Orchestra in thunderous form, led by Christian Thielemann to celebrate the Staatsoper's 150th birthday in style.
****1
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