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Opera Season in Vienna
Opera Season in Vienna

The Vienna State Opera, or Wiener Staatsoper, is one of the best opera houses in the world. Located in the heart of the city, you can enjoy world-class productions on this famous stage every day.

If you are thinking of planning a trip to Vienna in 2019 and want to enjoy an unforgettable production in a world-class venue, then this guide has you covered. We’ll run you through the best events in the 2019 Vienna Opera season, as well as where to stay during your trip.

150 years of the Opera House on the Ring

The 2018/19 opera season in Vienna is marked by a huge anniversary - the 25 May 2019 celebrates the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Opera House. Named 150 years of the Opera House on the Ring (the street in which the venue is located), this is one of the biggest celebrations in operatic history.

To mark the occasion, there will be an opening ceremony and premiere of Richard Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow). This famous opera first opened at the venue 100 years ago, and is now back to celebrate its 150-year anniversary.

The day after, on May 26, there will be a festival on the square at the front of the Opera House. Many other celebrations are planned too, including exhibitions, school projects, a symposium and lots of surprises! It’s an unmissable event for opera fans.

Other notable opera highlights of the season:

It’s not just the 150th anniversary that will attract opera fans to the city. As always, there are plenty of other exciting premieres and productions taking place in the 2018/19 opera season.

Our picks of the top shows at the Vienna Opera House, are:


Lucia di Lammermoor / Gaetano Donizetti

A tragic opera in three parts, Lucia di Lammermoor is loosely based on Walter Scott’s novel The Bride of Lammermoor, and focusses on the story of Lucy Ashton (Lucia) who is caught in a feud between her own family and the rival family, the Ravenswoods.


Orest / Manfred Trojahn

A tragic opera based on ancient Greek mythology, Orest follows the story of young man who is forced to kill his own mother by the sun god, Apollo. The opera follows his guilt and story in the aftermath of his crime.


Othello / Giuseppe Verdi

This Shakespearean classic is brought to life by famed Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.  Othello is a tragic story that focusses on the relationship between Othello, his untrustworthy aide Iago, and loving wife Desdemona.

Macbeth / Giuseppe Verdi

Another of Shakespeare’s classics brought to life by Giuseppe Verdi, Macbeth is another of Shakespeare’s tragedies, focussing on a Scottish general named Macbeth and his ill-fated prophecy to become King of Scotland.

Opera live - outdoor events

If you can’t get tickets to the Opera House, or they are a little out of your price range, then there is no need to worry. From April to June, and September too, there will be plenty of opera and ballet performances live screened on Herbert von Karajan Platz – the square in front of the Vienna State Opera house. Completely free, it’s a great way to easily enjoy some of the city’s best operas.

You can catch some of the very best operas, including Orest, Macbeth and other famous works including Beethoven’s Fidelio and Jules Massenet’s Manon.

Where to stay in Vienna

Looking for a place to stay while in Vienna? Then choose Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna. Located on the Ring Boulevard – the same street as the Opera House – it is a great base to explore all of Vienna’s operatic history.

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna has 152 luxury rooms and suites, two restaurants, two bars, a grand ballroom and a spa too. If you’re looking for quality location in the heart of the city, then this hotel is for you.

If you’d like to visit Vienna, or maybe somewhere else this year, then a Kempinski hotel is sure to make your stay even more special. To view all our locations, please click here.

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