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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.

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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

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.

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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

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!

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!

Vienna State Opera: Our Tips

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 to visit
    Hours vary by performance.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    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

Tour is good, the guide was not so good.

For the price, it was nice tour. Skipping the line is good idea, but once you enter, there will be more lines you can not skip. Although I opted for the tour in english, the guide was speaking french (besides english), and it was very confusing for the most of the time.

Coach tour was poor but the Palace was impressive

The coach tour commentary in both English and Spanish was most confusing and left the ears feeling battered. His trying to describe places in two languages as the coach rushed by and fought with other traffic was most unsatisfactory. We felt that we had learned virtually nothing about Vienna. I think a single language walking tour would probably have been better. The Palace was impressive but the tour was a little rushed, again not helped by the dual language commentary.

Very best way to begin your visit to Vienna

This is a wonderful way to see Vienna. Our excellent tour guide, Dace, lead a small group 6 of us through Vienna downtown. She knows city inside out and provided it to us - for example showing us the old city walls and hidden courtyards. What makes this tour great is the intimacy of the small group, the details provided by the guide, conversation about the history and culture. Highly recomended!

Best of Vienna City - Small Group 2 hour Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/03/2016

This was a well run informative and very enjoyable tour.

There is so much to see in Vienna. This was a great tour to start with as it gives the locations of all of the important buildings with some history. The Palace was wonderful and the tour guide did a great job.

Enjoy the session with friendly guide and fruend

Wish to reccommend this activity to tourist, especialli first time arrive in vienna

Guided Bike Tour - Classic Vienna (Morning Tour) Reviewed by Zulkifli, 10/14/2016

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