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.
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.