Operetta Heaven Holidays from C and H Travel Ltd

 Tailor-made Holidays for lovers of Opera, Operetta and Classical Music

Opera and Operetta in and Around Baden

Music is very much part of everyday life in Austria.  Opera, Operetta and Classical Music remain hugely popular, attracting large audiences.  This ensures that musical standards remain extremely high, performed on a scale that is very often no longer viable in many other countries.

The Baden Stadt Theater has a rich musical heritage and offers a year round programme of opera, operetta, musicals, concerts and plays.

Baden Operetta Festival

     Baden Kur Orchestra             Baden Festival Ballet          Summer Arena

The Baden Operetta Festival marks the highlight of the musical year in Baden.  Productions are fully professional with top soloists, large chorus, a dedicated ballet troupe  and an excellent full-scale orchestra.  The Festival productions are beautifully costumed and presented. 

Each year two or  three operettas are staged in the "Summer Arena" featuring famous artistes from the world of operetta.  The Festival is extremely popular with most performances selling out well in advance.  The "Summer Arena" is a traditional style theatre dating from 1906.  The building has a unique feature that makes it a perfect venue for beautiful warm summer evenings - the roof is made up of sliding glass panels that can be rolled back so that the auditorium is open to the stars!

For Summer 2017 the main Festival Productions are:

The main Operetta productions for summer 2017 are:

"Orpheus in the Underworld"
Comic Opera By Jacques Offenbach

This comic masterpiece needs little introduction - exceptionally witty and lively satire, loosely veiled in the tale of "Orpheus" from ancient Greek mythology.  The score is Offenbach's best known and most popular work, with a string a lively melodies, the most well-known being the "Grand Galop" or "Can-Can".

"The Tsarevich"
Romantic Operetta by Franz Lehar

The plot is loosely based on a true story - Alexei, a Russian Prince and heir to the throne lives a spartan existence as a virtual recluse, until he falls in love with a beautiful dancer.  All is well until he receives the news that his father, the Tsar, is dead and that he is required to take the throne.  A dancer is no fit consort for the Tsar so he must choose between his new found love and his duty to his people...

Originally written for, and starring the acclaimed Austrian tenor, Richard Tauber, Franz Lehar's beautiful score is full of lush romantic melodies, superbly orchestrated, with a Russian influence.

"Grand Hotel"
Musical by Forrest and Wright at the 
Baden Stadt Theatre.

Opera, Operetta, Concerts and other events in Vienna and Beyond

The Lakeside Operetta Festival at Morbisch

"The Merry Widow" at Morbisch

The picturesque village of Morbisch is situated on Lake Neusiedl.  The Lakeside Festival at Morbisch is about 1 hour's drive from Baden.  This annual Festival began in 1957 and today attracts more than 220,000 people each year. It is set on one of the most beautiful open air stages in Europe, on the edge of the lake overlooking the Hungarian countryside beyond.

A performance at Morbisch is always a spectacular theatrical event! The “auditorium” seats over 6,000 people.  Each row is raked so that everyone has an unobstructed view of the enormous “floating stage”.

Sets, costumes and lighting are absolutely stunning. World class soloists are backed by a large cast of professional singers, dancers and musicians.  The exceptionally high standards has made this Festival into an internationally recognised event.  This unique theatrical experience should not be missed!

For Summer 2017 the Festival production will be:

"The Bird Seller" ("Der Vogelhandler")
Operetta by Carl Zeller

In our opinion, this is one of the most delightful comic Operettas ever written. The music has a rustic charm and which is joyful and entirely endearing.  That is not to say that the score lacks depth, the principal arias are extremely challenging and the ensembles intricately constructed - especially the wonderful "Roses from Tyrol".  

If you have never heard of or seen this Operetta this is certainly one not to miss.  If you already know it then you are sure to enjoy this spectacular new production on the "floating stage" at Morbisch.

St Margarethen Opera Festival

St Margarethen is a small village near Eisenstadt, about 45 minutes drive from Baden.  The St Margarethen Opera Festival is an open air event, set in a former Roman quarry dating from the First Century A.D. Passion plays have been performed at St Margarethen since 1926. The Opera Festival began in 1996 and quickly became an opera event of international standard, attended by more than 200,000 people each summer.

For summer 2017 the chosen Opera is:

by Verdi

Verdi's dramatic Opera is one of his finest masterpieces.  Its tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester, Rigoletto, and Rigoletto's beautiful daughter Gilda.  The opera's original title, La maledizione (The Curse), refers to the curse placed on both the Duke and Rigoletto by a courtier whose daughter had been seduced by the Duke with Rigoletto's encouragement. The curse comes to fruition when Gilda likewise falls in love with the Duke and eventually sacrifices her life to save him from the assassins hired by her father.

Opera at Klosterneuberg Abbey, near Vienna

The magnificent Augustinian Abbey of Klosterneuberg is situated to the north of Vienna.  Each summer Opera performances are given in the Abbey grounds.  Performances by the young professional musicians and singers are of an exceptionally high standard.   

The  Summer 2017 production is:

"Le Comte Ory"
by Giacomo Rossini

Composed in 1828, this comic - even farcial - Opera is set around the year 1200, at the time of the Crusades.  It contains some of Rossini's most colourful orchestral writing, with highly developed set pieces linked by accompanied recitative classify the work as an Opera despite the comic treatment of the plot.

The Theater an der Wien, Vienna


This historic theatre dates back to 1801.  It was built by Emmanuel Schikaneder, librettist of "The Magic Flute".  The theatre was the venue for many notable world premieres including Beethoven's "Fidelio", several of his symphonies and other orchestral works.

"Die Fledermaus", "The Gypsy Baron," "The Bird Seller", "The Beggar Student", "The Merry Widow" and "The Land of Smiles" (amongst many others) all received their premiere performances here. 

In the 1980's the Theatre was the home for large scale musicals such as "Cats".

In 2006 the Theatre was re-inaugurated as an Opera House, as part of the Mozart bi-centenary celebrations, and is now known as Vienna's "New" Opera House.  The programme runs throughout the year.  Please contact us  for the latest information on the performance shedules.

Summer Opera at the magnificent Court Theatre at Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

The theatre at Schonbrunn dates from 1747.  Situated in the western wing of the Palace it was originally used by the Empress Maria Theresia for private Court performances.  The theatre was refurbished by Napoleon in 1809 and electric lighting was installed in 1898. 

The production for summer 2017 will be:

                   The Marriage of Figaro

by W.A.Mozart

Mozart's masterful Comic Opera Bouffe is one of the most popular works in the operatic repertoire.  The comic plot concerns clever servants who outwit their arrogant masters, and crafty women who outsmart their foolish men folk.  The chaos and hilarity of one day ends in happiness and love.  Mozart's score sparkles with geniue from beginning to end.

Don't miss the opportunity to visit this unique and stunningly beautiful Baroque theatre.

Concerts in Vienna

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

The following orchestras and ensembles perform regularly in Vienna.  Just contact us with your preferred dates and we will let you know what is available during that period.

  • The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  -  One of the greatest orchestras in the world.
  • The Mozart Ensemble  -  Chamber concerts in Mozart's former residence.
  • Vienna Imperial Orchestra  -  Viennese Waltzes, Polkas and Marches with orchestra, singers and dancers.
  • Vienna Mozart Orchestra  -  Concerts of Viennese Music in various venues including The Golden Hall.
  • Vienna Hofburg Orchestra  -  Concerts of Viennese Music in the Imperial Hofburg Palace.
  • Vienna Waltzer Orchestra  -  Concerts of Viennese Music in the Palffy Palace.
  • Orchestra "Old Vienna"  -  Concerts in the Kur Salon in the Stadt Park.
  • Schonbrunn Palace Orchestra  -  Daily concerts of Viennese Music in the beautiful Schonbrunn Palace.
  • Schonbrunn Palace Summer Operetta - Performances in the magnificent former Court Theatre in beautiful Schonbrunn Palace are given in July and August.
  • The Spanish Riding School
  • Vienna Residence Orchestra
  • The Vienna Boys' Choir

To see some of the wonderful locations that can be visited on our holidays, please view our musical slideshow.

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