The Vienna State Opera is one of the top opera venues in the world. It offers first-class program in opera and ballet throughout the year with over 50 productions. Famous works of Mozart, Wagner, Puccini, Verdi, Tchaikovsky and other classic masters are performed with great success in front of large audience (1,709 seated, 567 standing) and broadcasted on the large screens in front of the opera or online via live TV channel.

Quick facts

Name Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)
Type Opera House
Built/opened 1869
Location Opernring 2, 1010 Wien, 1nt district, Innere Stadt
How to get there Walking distance from city center
Ticket Price From $15, depends on the show and seat, it can go up to $260
Tickets for guided tours start from $7.
Opening hours Guided tours, 7 days a week, 10:00-15:00
For opera and ballet performances, depending on the show schedules; there are 300 performances yearly.
Official website


The opera was opened in 1869 and it was originally not very popular with Viennese people, due to large construction works in the area and they even referred to the building as a “sunken treasure chest”. However, with tenure of Gustav Mahler from 1897, opera repertoire started attracting steady audience.

By the end of WWII, the opera building was partly destroyed during the bombing and it was restored only in 1955, when modern era of Vienna State Opera begins.

Herbert von Karajan started his tenure in 1957 and introduced few new practices: operas were performed exclusively in their original languages and he started collaborating with other opera houses, such as La Scala in Milan. This enabled both orchestras and ensembles to be shared between the opera houses and further enrich the performances.

Today, Vienna State Opera is an established institution with 100 milion Euro yearly budget and performances that are considered as one of the best in the world, both by general public and critics alike. The opera is also known for its efforts to make their performance available to the masses with affordable tickets and public broadcasts.

With its central position, Vienna State Opera is very popular attraction and great photo shoot opportunity for Vienna visitors.

Vienna Mozart Evening: Gourmet Dinner and Concert at the Vienna Opera House

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