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 2018 the main Festival Productions are:
"The Merry Widow" / "Die Lustige Witwe"Operetta by Franz Lehar
The most popular and enduring operetta of them all. Lehar's wonderful score sparkles from start to finish. This is one not to miss.
This delightful work from the Golden Era of operetta. From the 1882 premiere this operetta has highly successful and enduring with over 5000 performances.
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 2018 the Festival production will be:
"Grafin Mariza" ("Countess Maritza")
Operetta by Emmerich Kalman
Kalman's hugely successful Operetta combines the excitement of the Hungarian Czardas with the most lilting and haunting Viennese Waltzes.
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.
No Opera Festival will take place at St Margarethen in 2018.
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 2018 production is:
One of Verdi's most famous and popular operas:
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 2018 will be:
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