Vienna State Opera

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Top 5 famous performers at the Vienna State Opera

Built in 1863, the "Wiener Staatsoper" was considered an architectural disaster in its time, yet it's since become one of Vienna's most celebrated landmarks. Oh, and the concerts aren't bad either! Here are some of the stars who've helped build its name.

  • Luciano Pavarotti

    1. Luciano Pavarotti

    Bridging opera and popular music, Pavarotti was perhaps the most wildly successful tenor of all time. On the news of his death, the opera house raised a black flag in mourning.

  • Igor Stravinsky

    2. Igor Stravinsky

    Stravinsky was a talented conductor as well as one of the most influential composers of his era. The Vienna State Opera saw the first staged performance of his Oedipus Rex in 1928.

  • Christa Ludwig

    3. Christa Ludwig

    The Berlin-born mezzo-soprano was one of the most distinguished singers of the 20th century. In 1994 Vienna hosted her last ever operatic performance when she starred in Elektra.

  • Plácido Domingo

    4. Plácido Domingo

    Domingo's debut here came in 1967 and he's still going strong. He even recorded four Christmas in Vienna albums with pop singers such as Diana Ross and Tony Bennett!

  • 5. Simon Rattle

    The Liverpudlian is currently the principle conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. He still finds time to lead performances in Vienna, however, so keep an eye on the schedule!

Planning Your Visit

  • When to visit?

    When a concert you're interested in seeing is on, obviously! But if you just fancy a tour then your best bet is to go on Sundays, when you'll stand a better chance of being able to access the stage area.

  • How to get there?

    The Vienna State Opera is just a short walk from the Karlsplatz U-Bahn station (U1, U2 and U4 lines). You can also get there by tram (1, 2, D, J, 62, and 65 lines) or take the 59A bus.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Hours vary by performance.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free to look at from the outside. Performance tickets vary.
  • Will I need a guide?
    You can find some great tours around Vienna and also get tickets to the operahouse!
  • How to get there
    Take the U-Bahn (U1, U2 or U4) to the Karlsplatz station, the 1, 2, D, J, 62 or 65 tram, or the 59A bus.
  • Additional information
    Check performances online in advance to help plan your visit! | Customizable vouchers are available online for gifts.

What people are saying about Vienna State Opera

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 402 reviews

Exceptional, educational and very enjoyable.

Wolfgang was a fabulous guide. He has a vast amount of fascinating stories, a sense of humor and led our group skillfully and safely through the streets of Vienna. I give him more than five stars and recommend him to anyone who is looking for an exceptional and seasoned guide. I lead walking tours in San Francisco for San Francisco City Guides and it was a pleasure to be with a real professional like Wolfgang.

A great personal overview of the Habsburgs rule throughout history

Our guide was excellent. He showed he was truly passionate about his beautiful home town of Vienna, and we loved his knowledge and experience. He was so kind to accommodate us after we were unable to locate the meeting point ( this was 100% our fault) and gave us a tour of Vienna to remember!

A useful intro to the main buildings in the centre & a little history

Recommended for a 2-hour intro. But do it in good weather. It was around 5C and v windy and overcast on our tour. Much standing and listening left us all chilled. Not the guide's fault of course! We used it for orientation and returned to some of the places for a closer look.

This is an excellent, informed and entertaining journey in time.

Herbert made the Hapsburgs come alive, as he walked us through their generations of rulers and sprinkled the political history with anecdotal stories . A perfect pace of walking, sitting, stopping and talking. Like the most interesting history of Europe of those 700 years.

Excellent introduction to Vienna's history and city core

I had a great time on this tour, it was very informative. The guide was knowledgeable and funny, and the pace we kept was good to keep warm on a cool day.