Everything is a little bit different in Vienna, when it comes to music, even the street-musicans are different and so it could happen that you walk in Kaerntnerstrasse or Graben on a saturday or sunday evening and you feel like in a concert-hall:
I am not really a big fan of classical piano-music, but when-ever I see this lady performing in the pedestrian-area I stay there for at least half an hour because it is not only the great music, but also to watch her gliding over the piano-keys, all of that music is in her head and she performs it by heart like a perfect actor who knows the right text for several hours.
Mrs. SoRyang, born in Korea, has won several prices since the age of 14 years, she was performing in many concert-halls in Europe and she touches the hearts of the people in the street now, many of them never got in contact with that classical piano-music - read more about her at her web-page below !
All of these pics were done at Graben in Dec. 8th, 06, at one of the pics you may see the small gas-oven to her right
Dress Code: No need to care for your dress-style, come as you are and stay for a while.
Strauss and Mozart is a daily concert held in Kursalon Huebner in Stadtpark, where Johann Strauss used to direct his concerts . More than 20 musicians will make sure that you will enjoy the program :
Wine, Women & Song, Light as a feather,
Champagne Galop, a piano concerty by Mozart,
various arias and waltzes
The "Duet Pappageno, Pappagena" Blue Danube,
Vienna Blood, Emperor Waltz and a lot more !
Concerts are between Jan 2nd and Dec.23rd
daily at 08.00p.m. between Nov1st and April 6th
and at 08.30p.m. between April 7th and Oct.31st
Dec. 24th at 06.00p.m. dec.25-30th : 08.00p.m.
Dec. 31st has 2 performances : 08.00 + 10.30p.m.
January 1st also 2 performances : 05.00 + 08.00p.m.
VIP-Tickets for the best seats and including
a glass of prosecco during the intervall are 90,- (20,-) euros
Cathegory A : 54,- (14,-) euros
Cathegory B : 47,- (12,-) Euros
Cathegory C : 38,- (10,-) Euros
The prices in brackets are the down payments you have to pay, when booking in your hotel or at the "Mozarts" in the streets : You will get a voucher that indicates the date of the reserved performance and you simply pay the rest at the ticket-box like e.g. for the VIP ticket you pay 20 euros with the booking and 70,- euros at the ticket-box, so you still pay the same price as for the rest of tickets that might be sold at the evening-cashier, when you decide to go there without reservations.
Dress Code: Nobody cares for your dress-code, this show is ment for tourists and everybody is welcome !
Schoenbrunner Schlosskonzerte is a special evening made for tourists with more than 20 musicians performing music, dance and singing featuring W.A.Mozart and Johann Strauss :
Arias from The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni
and The Marriage of Figaro
the orchestra performing Blue Danube,
Roses from the South,
My dear Marquis, Cachucha Galop, Radecky Marsch
between Nov.1st and March 31st
concerts will be daily at 08.30p.m.
VIP-tickets are 75,- (18,-) euros and will include
a glass of champage during the intermission
Cathegory A : 55,- (14,-) Euros
Cathegory B : 48,- (12,-) Euros
Cathegory C : 39,- (10,-) Euros
The prices in brackets are the down payments you have to pay, when booking in your hotel or at the "Mozarts" in the streets : You will get a voucher that indicates the date of the reserved performance and you simply pay the rest at the ticket-box like e.g. for the VIP ticket you pay 18 euros with the booking and 57,- euros at the ticket-box, so you still pay the same price as for the rest of tickets that might be sold at the evening-cashier, when you decide to go there without reservations.
Most of these Concerts are held in the Orangerie of Schloss Schoenbrunn !
Dress Code: No special dress-code required, this concert is mainly for the tourists, so nobody will care for your outfit !
Tickets for the STANDING-places in Staatsoper are just 2 euros (and there are also some for 3,50 euros) and there are lots of them available for each and every performance !
Every day there is a different program (take a look at the link below !!) and 1 hour +20 minutes before the performance will start,you are able to buy these tickets for the standing-places. In case that Anna Netrebko or any other famous star is part of the ensemble that night, it might make sense to queue up for the standing-places maybe 2 hours before the performance starts. The counter to buy tickets for "STEHPLATZ" is in OPERNGASSE, inside the Oper, so be there IN time, and you will get one of these cheap tickets ! The door of Staatsoper in Operngasse will open just 80 minutes before the performance starts, BUT you may queue up in front of the door, under the arcades of the Oper !
Just to make it clear :The main entrance of the Opera is at RING-strasse. When you look at the Opera from Ringstrasse you have Kaerntner-Strasse and Herbert von Karajan-Platz at your right, that is where the souvenir-shops, the ticket-office and Opern-Cafe is and Hotel Bristol etc..
On your LEFT is Operngasse, the street leading towards the Albertina :
THERE is that small door, under the arcades of the Opera, and it will have a small signpost "Stehplatz-Kasse"
Dress Code: There is no strict dress-code at all any more in Staatsoper, you may be dressed like a tourist, BUT I also saw a perfectely-dressed tourist who was kicked out because he was drunk !
This concert takes place at a historical place, the so-called "Sala terrena", where Mozart himself used to play for Archibishop Colloredo in 1781. The Sala terrena is decorated with ornate frescos in the style of the late Venetian Renaissance, a perfect location to perform chamber-music of the late 18th century.
The concerts will take place
Sat at 06.00p.m. and Thu+Fri+Sun at 07.30p.m.
The ordinary program is :
W. A. Mozart Quartett in C Major KV.157
Allegro - Andante - Presto
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Franz Schubert German Dance
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W. A. Mozart Little night music
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J. Haydn Quartett in d - moll op. 76/2
" Fifths Quartett"
* * * * *
The price of the tickets is :
Cathegory A: 11,- € deposit + 31,- € at the cashier
makes a total of 42 Euros
Cathegory B : 8,- € deposit + 27,- € at the cashier
makes a total of 35 Euros
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That deposit-fee applies, when you buy the ticket at a hotel-reception or at one of the many Mozart-people in the streets of Vienna. It is ment for the reservation of your seat, and you have to fix the date of the performance as well. You get a voucher and present it to the cashier in Mozarthaus and pay just the rest of 27 or 31 euros at the cashier.
The final Prices for you are exactely the same,no matter wether you buy at the "Mozart-people" or directely at the evening-cashier : 35,- or 42 Euros
With buying at the Mozarts or at your hotel-reception you will have a fixed reservation as well !
Dress Code: This performance is ment for tourists, so there is no real need to "dress formally "!
If you can't get tickets for the State Opera, or the budget doesn't run to them, a night at the Volksoper might be just what you're looking for. This is Vienna's home of smaller opera performances (a lot of Mozart), operetta and musical, with the occasional performance of ballet. I've been to performances of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow here on past visits to Vienna - excellent performances both and, in the case of the Widow, as Viennese as anything you could wish to see.
Both times we were able to get good seats after we had arrived in Vienna, and at a price considerably less than the much grander Staatsoper. Don't think for a moment that there is a price to pay in terms of quality of the performance though. Many of Vienna's opera singers perform at both houses and although it's a long time ago and I cannot remember the name of the singers we heard taking the role of the Widow and the Count, I do remember the rapture with which they were greeted, so they were obviously great favourites - truly the stars of the People's opera.
The Volksoper season runs for the same period as the Staatsoper - so it is closed for July and August.
Before arriving, we got the concierge of our hotel to get us tickets to see the Barber of Seville. What a good call! This was the highlight of our trip here and fortunately it was a lively entertaining opera. The architecture and decor inside is as amazing as you'd expect.
There is an electronic translation screen on the back of the seat in front of you. You can choose among four languages, among them English. These are much better than the translations shown at other venues high above the stage.
Dress Code: Smart casual. I wore a sports jacket, which fit in, but many others did not. One or two men wore black tie.
Check the programme for the Musikverein. During a daytime guided tour, we were lucky enough to be allowed to listen in to 5 minutes of a rehearsal for a concert to be held that night by the Ensemble Wien. We were so bowled over by what we heard that we went straight to the ticket office to see if we could get tickets for the concert that night. We were sold great seats at a cost of 39 euros each.
That evening, it was SO exciting just to enter the beautiful building and the concert that followed surpassed anything I'd heard before. The musicians gave a faultless performance on priceless, centuries-old instruments and the marvellous acoustics of the concert hall completed the perfection of it all. Just sitting there, gazing at the beautiful surroundings and listening to the marvellous music made for one of the best evenings I've ever had.
Dress Code: As we had no smart clothes with us, we asked about dress code before buying the tickets and were told there was NO dress code and we'd be fine in the very casual clothes we were wearing. However, when we turned up for the event, we had trouble ignoring the disgusted looks we got from "Vienna's finest" who had all turned out in their best clobber and clearly didn't appreciate anyone who hadn't made the same effort. So, I would recommend packing one smart outfit if you're easily embarrassed.
Finally managed to catch up with Neil Young here and enjoyed his performance very much. Not so sure about the venue itself, my advice is buy the most expensive tickets you can, the cheap seats at the back are not great, view or sound. Getting in the place confusing also, my ticket had North entrance on it - there's not one - use east or west!
As much as anything, Vienna is about music: think of such composers as Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and Mahler, among others. We decided on an opera.
An internet search revealed that the State Opera was staging “Boris Godunov” and the Volksoper had a performance of La Traviata. Well, neither was particularly Austrian, but we chose La Traviata. The leading soprano was Roxana Briban, who you can see and hear on this “Youtube” clip in a dress rehearsal for this very show (hint – if you have a tabbed browser, open this link in a separate tab and listen while you read the tip).
Despite being somewhat preoccupied for the first five minutes (see “Warnings”) it soon dawned that this was a very different La Traviata than the usual, which is very colourful. Instead of Parisian parties, the show opened with a dying Violetta in her nightgown on a couch, a gauze curtain separating her from the cast in funereal clothing while phantoms with death masks pirouette. There was no colour, just black, white and grey, and the entire story was presented in retrospect, as a series of flashbacks and hallucinations about the past.
In the second half came a splash of red, when the usual gipsy girls were presented as a line of Spanish dancers, then back to the sombre outfits. At the end of the show, Violetta died alone on the stage, her hallucination of Alfredo having disappeared. Curtain.
If that sounds truly depressing, in some obscure way it seemed to work (though I think I’d prefer the original presentation style) and we enjoyed what was a very good performance
This link will give the details of what seem to be most of the musical shows being presented in Vienna and also enables you to make bookings. For many performances, particularly operas, an early booking (ie several months ahead) seems a good idea!
Dress Code: Smart casual - it does not seem necessary for men to wear suits or women tiaras, but something better than jeans and joggers would be appropriate.
I spent a lot of time trying to decide which concert to go, because there were just too many choices. And I think the Vienna tourism board isn't doing a good job to make all the performances more organized, so that tourists can easily tell the features of each concert and then choose one according to their preferrence.
But maybe it's still a best solution to go to the information centre to ask for a general introduction, though I don't think they're patient and helpful enough...
You'll also come across people in cloaks on the street, selling tickets of the concerts. It's advisory to buy tickets from them, coz it's possible to bargain...and the tickets sold in the information centre can be MORE EXPENSIVE!
My opinion is: since all concerts should be good, all at least has it's own advantage, just choose one which is held in a place you're interested in visiting...
I myself went to a puppet performance of "Magic Flute". I'm a little regretful for that...it's not so fantastic as I expected. It can't match a live ochestra, I believe...
Some of the concerts go with dinner in the fancy restaurants. I think it'll be nice to have dinner there, as long as you can afford that...
For the concerts only, the student ticket costs around 25euro. Or maybe you can bargain, which I didn't try...
Jeunesse.at is responsible for promoting live events - in particular classical music in an affordable way to the young - if you are under 26, then you pay half price on tickets. Booking is online, via their website, otherwise there is a ticket office at the Musikverein. It is possible to book online and to then pick up your tickets before the concert - this only applies for concerts in Vienna though. Online booking requires a credit card, but the process is simple and the forms are available in English or German.
Dress Code: Informal but smartish.
Once you get to Vienna , it's impossible to avoid young people dressed in period costumes trawling the streets. They are selling tickes to Strauss and other concerts and it seems like they are on every night of the year. To hear the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, you must however book months and months in advance. But the selection of venues and performers is huge in Vienna so whatever time of the year you visit it should be possible to attend one or several concerts, especially in churches. During our visit in early December the big concert was a performance of Mozart's requiem at the Stephansdom Cathedral. We did try for tickets but even standing room was completely sold out.
The phone number I've given is specifically for the Vienna Mozart concerts in period costumes.
Other details you will get on your trip by going to the tourist office at Albertinaplatz
Dress Code: Depends on the venue. The more upmarket the venue the more formal the dress code.
A night at the opera is an essential part of a trip to Vienna. Home of so many great composers it seems almost compulsory to sample the fare. Our night at the opera had been booked months in advance and as the great night finally arrived, much effort was put into deciding what would be elegant enough to wear to the grand and spectacular Staatsoper. We needn't have worried as it turned out our tickets were to the Volksoper which is a totally different kettle of fish. Once we adjusted our expectations and surrendered our glad rags it turned out to be a very enjoyable evening afterall. The Volksoper is in a fairly run-down area near the Gurtel Ring Road and the view from the upstairs area is of a huge traffic junction. Not the stuff of which dreams are made so one must go inside quickly and enjoy the red and cream interior with parralel lines of boxes on either side of the stage. The opera was Don Giovanni, composed when Mozart lived in Vienna. At three hours, it was a bit long for opera ignoramuses but I think as operas go it's fairly easy to follow. Even a philistine like me could tap their feet to the music and ogle the costumes and setswith delight. This photo is completely blurred but I'm using it because the blurry finish reminds me of many impressionist/pointillist paintings of audiences in Paris. Manet, and Seurat, eat your hearts out!
Our tickets for the balcony cost EUR 50 but prices go much higher than that. Standing room places are only EUR 2
Trams 40, 41 and 42 will take you to the Volksoper
Dress Code: Neat dress but nothing too formal.
Raimund Theater - currently showing the German language version of Romeo and Juliet (Romeo und Julia). Amazing voices and use of stage and props. Very impressed.
Tickets are available from the theatre. However, I got my tickets 1/2 price from 2pm from outside another building (will add details asap). The ticket seller at the Theater an der Wien told me about these 1/2 price tickets. I had no problems getting a single ticket in a good location.
Dress Code: The outfits I saw at the theatre ranged from smart casual to suits and ties. I'd suggest at least a collared shirt for men if possible.