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The repertoire of the Vienna State Opera ranges from the Baroque to the 20th century, with a focus on the 19th century. There are 7 premieres in the 2014/15 season:
"Idomeneo" by W.A. Mozart (with Michael Schade, October 2014), "Khovanshchina" by Modest Mussorgski (with Elisabeth Kulman, November 2014), "Rigoletto" by Giuseppe Verdi (with Simon Keenlyside, December 2014), "Elektra" by Richard Strauss (with Nina Stemme, March 2015), "Don Pasquale" by Gaetano Donizetti (with Juan Diego Flórez, April 2015), "The Tempest" by Thomas Adés (with Adrian Eröd, June 2015), "Undine" by Albert Lortzing (version for children, April 2015).
The repertoire includes "Anna Bolena" by Gaetano Donizetti (with Anna Netrebko), "La Bohéme" by Giacomo Puccini (with Dmytro Popov), "La Juive" by Jaques P. Halévy (with Neil Shicoff), "Nabucco" by G. Verdi (with Plácido Domingo), "Werther" by Jules Massenet (with Angela Gheorghiu), “Der Ring des Nibelungen" (Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung).
The fire curtain – the fire safety device between stage and audience – was designed by Rudolf Eisenmenger in 1955. It shows a motif from the opera Orpheus and Eurydice by Christoph Willibald Gluck.
For a number of years, the Vienna State Opera and the Museum in Progress have commissioned an international artist each season with the design of a "temporary" fire curtain. The giant 176 m2 image is mounted to the permanent fire curtain with magnets.
The South Tyrolean painter Oswald Oberhuber created the "temporary" fire curtain for the 2013/14 performance season.
In April, May, June and September, around 150 opera and ballet performances will be screened live on Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz in front of the opera building on a 50 m² screen - it's classical enjoyment for free!
What's more, you can take a tour to catch a glimpse of what goes on backstage at the magnificent opera house.
Tours in ten languages, prior notification for wheelchair users necessary (Tel. +43 1 514 44–2606). Language display.
Portable ramps available for steps inside building.
To reserve wheelchair and companion seats for performances, tel. +43 1 514 44-2653 (Mo-Fri, 9.00 am – 4.00 pm)
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