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The Repertoire of the State Opera covers an impressive cross-section of the full spectrum of operatic literature. The six opera premieres in the 2013/14 season consist of State Opera premieres (Adriana Lecouvreur, Das schlaue Füchslein), revived repertoire works (Lohengrin, Magic Flute) and works not performed at the State Opera for quite some time (Fanciulla del West, Rusalka).
This series of new productions is supplemented with the revivals of Anna Bolena, Les Contes d'Hoffmann and the English-language classic Peter Grimes.
Once again there is a packed line-up of stars: Edita Gruberova, Elīna Garanča and Angela Gheorghiu will be there, as will Neil Shicoff, Thomas Hampson and Rolando Villazón. Plácido Domingo conducts Madama Butterfly and sings in Nabucco. Anna Netrebko performs together with Erwin Schrott on the State Opera stage in Gounod's Faust.
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!
Selected opera and ballet performances are streamed live during the respective primetime by means of the latest technology.
What's more, you can take a tour to catch a glimpse of what goes on backstage at the magnificent opera house. The State Opera Museum gives an insight into the history of this institution and casts all opera lovers under its spell.
Guide dogs permitted
disabled parking spaces available.
Operngasse, Opernring intersection
95 cm wide and 140 cm deep, Doors 80 cm wide.
22 wheelchair spaces available (4 in the stalls/orchestra, 18 seats in the gallery as needed).
Restrooms with access for disabled persons available.
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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