About the Vienna Opera HouseThe Vienna Royal Opera House is one of the most important cultural symbols in Vienna. It was built at the end of the 19th century and features a hall with more than 2,200 seats inviting curious visitors. This is, as far as we know, the only opera house in the world where a different opera is shown every evening!
The opera house was inaugurated in 1869 by Emperor Franz Josef. The first opera performed here was Mozart's Don Giovanni. It is interesting to hear what the emperor said about the opera "The music is great but not suitable for the mouths of my ‘Viennese’." The witty Mozart replied, "Then they will have to learn to chew."
As part of the Allied bombing during the World War II, part of the building was destroyed. It was reopened only in 1955 by a performance of the opera "Fidelio" conducted by Karl Bohm.
Thousands of tourists come here with guided tour to the impressive entrance hall, the main stairway, the halls, the reception rooms and the view of the central stage. Through the guided tour comes alive the rich and amazing history of the building, combining elements of real costumes, backdrops and large portraits.
The repertoire of the performances, held here every evening, is particularly varied - from Baroque works to 20th century works. The Opera, the Ballet and the annual Opera Ball are all shown here and anyone can book tickets in advance.
TipsIf you wait in line in the afternoon, you can purchase tickets for the opera for less than 5 euros. Watching while standing, the view excellent, and contrary to what you will think - it is so special that it will not be difficult to stand for two hours.
Between April and September, the Opera House broadcasts over 100 operas and classical performances on a huge screen in the square opposite the Opera House.