The Vienna State Opera

Enjoy Opera 300 Days a Year

Wiener Staatsoper

The Vienna State Opera is one of the foremost opera houses in the world – and it offers diversity at the highest level. Three hundred days a year, the Vienna State Opera offers a program that changes daily: more than 60 operas and ballets during the 2007-2008 season.

Top international soloists, directors and stage designers greatly enjoy presenting their art to knowledgeable and discerning Viennese audiences. And the roster of directors of the august house on Vienna’s Ring Boulevard contains a number of eminent musicians such as Gustav Mahler (1897 - 1907), Richard Strauss (1919 - 1924), Herbert von Karajan (1956 - 1964) and Claudio Abbado (1986 - 1991).

The repertory of the Vienna State Opera offers an impressive cross-section of the entire range of operas – among the works are Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” Giuseppe Verdi’s “Nabucco,” W. A. Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” and Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin.” In the 2007-08 season, there are five premieres with international stars: the grand project of Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen," conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, production by Sven-Eric Bechtolf, will open with "Die Walküre" and "Siegfried." Richard Strauss’s late work "Capriccio" stars Renée Fleming as the countess, while music director Seiji Ozawa conducts Tchaikovsky's "Pique Dame" and Zubin Mehta takes the podium for Verdi's "La forza del destino."

The building itself was erected between 1863 and 1869 as one of the first great monuments of the new Ring Boulevard. The Royal-Imperial Court Opera Theater, as it was first called, was designed by the architects August Sicard von Sicardsburg and Eduard van der Nüll.

Once a year, the stage and orchestra stalls of the Vienna State Opera turn into a giant dance floor – for the Vienna Opera Ball. More than a hundred debutante couples in long evening dress and tailcoats open the ball in the presence of the Austrian Federal President; once more, one can feel the ambiance of the Vienna of the great Ring Boulevard era ...