The Wiener Staatsoper or the State Opera in Vienna

The State Opera in Vienna

The State Opera in Vienna ©infraredhorsebite/Flick

The State Opera in Vienna or the Wiener Staatsoper is one of the most important operas in the world that presents a variety of opera and ballet performances of the highest artistic level.

The opera is located in the 1st district of Vienna, at the southern end of Kärntnerstrasse. The Vienna Opera House is an important artistic and architectural tourist attraction. It was built between the years 1861 and 1869 by architect August von Sicardsburg and Eduard van der Null. From the artistic point the State Opera in Vienna has a very good reputation worldwide because of the high quality performances but it is also famous because of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

An Evening at the Wiener Staatsoper is probably one of the most impressive events that a tourist can attend in the Austrian capital.

The Wiener Staatsoper

The Wiener Staatsoper ©ChrisYunker/Flick

This famous Viennese scene offers a varied program from day to day including over 60 operas and ballets scheduled for the 285 days of the season. The frequency of the performances makes the Vienna State Opera to be the top 1 opera in the world.

Internationally famous performers, directors and scenographers are happy to show their skill in front of a competent and critical audience. The list of the orchestra directors of this venerable cultural institution located on the Wiener Ringstraβe includes Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Herbert von Karajan and Claudio Abbado.

Inside the State Opera in Vienna

Inside the State Opera in Vienna ©tore_urnes/Flick

Once a year, the stage and the ground floor of the State Opera in Vienna turns into a huge dance floor for a night giving place to the Viennese Opera Ball. In the presence of the president hundreds of pairs dressed in evening gowns and respectively tuxedos open the ball and make us feel the flavor of the past times.

The building of the Opera

The Viennese Opera House was built in Italian Renaissance architectural style, a cultural trend that meant a lot for art and for music. The first operas were written and performed in Italy during the 16th century. The Lodge on the Ringstrasse symbolizes the openness of the opera to the public and is adorned with symbols from famous operas such as “The Magic Flute” by Mozart made by the painter Moritz von Schwind. Many of the statues and the interior decorations accentuates the festive character of the Vienna State Opera.

The Viennese State Opera

The Viennese State Opera ©jmenard48/Flick

Visiting the Museum of the State Opera

The Museum of the Wiener Staatsoper provides more information about the history of the institution and sucessfully charms the lovers of the opera as musical style and artistic expression.
The museum is located at the following address: 1., Hanuschhof Hanuschgasse / Goethegasse 1. You can get there by subway (Karlsplatz – U1, U2, U4). The Museum of the State Opera is opened from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.

The State Opera in Vienna

The State Opera in Vienna ©infraredhorsebite/Flick

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