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Venues in Vienna


Vienna is the federal capital and largest city of Austria, and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primate city and its cultural, economic, and political centre. Art and culture had a long tradition in Vienna, including theatre, opera, classical music and fine arts. The Burgtheater is considered one of the best theatres in the German-speaking world alongside its branch, the Akademietheater. The Volkstheater Wien and the Theater in der Josefstadt also enjoy good reputations. There is also a multitude of smaller theatres, in many cases devoted to less mainstream forms of the performing arts, such as modern, experimental plays or cabaret.

Musical luminaries including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Ferdinand Ries, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, Robert Stolz, and Arnold Schoenberg have worked there.

Vienna is also home to a number of opera houses, including the Theater an der Wien, the Staatsoper and the Volksoper, the latter being devoted to the typical Viennese operetta. Classical concerts are performed at world-famous venues such as the Wiener Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra known across the world for the annual widely broadcast "New Year's Day Concert", as well as the Wiener Konzerthaus, home of the internationally renowned Vienna Symphony. Many concert venues offer concerts aimed at tourists, featuring popular highlights of Viennese music, particularly the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Strauss I, and Johann Strauss II.

Up until 2005, the Theater an der Wien has hosted premieres of musicals, although with the year of the Mozart celebrations 2006 it has devoted itself to the opera again and has since become a stagione opera house offering one new production each month, thus quickly becoming one of Europe's most interesting and advanced opera houses. Since 2012 Theater an der Wien has taken over the Wiener Kammeroper, a historical small theatre in the first district of Vienna seating 300 spectators, turning it into its second venue for smaller sized productions and chamber operas created by the young ensemble of Theater an der Wien (JET). Before 2005 the most successful musical was Elisabeth, which was later translated into several languages and performed all over the world. The Wiener Taschenoper is dedicated to stage music of the 20th and 21st century. The Haus der Musik ("house of music") opened in the year 2000.

The Wienerlied is a unique song genre from Vienna. There are approximately 60,000 – 70,000 Wienerlieder.

In 1981 the popular British new romantic group Ultravox paid a tribute to Vienna on an album and an artful music video recording called Vienna. The inspiration for this work arose from the cinema production called The Third Man with the title Zither music of Anton Karas.

The Vienna's English Theatre (VET) is an English theater in Vienna. It was founded in 1963 and is located in the 8th Vienna's district. It is the oldest English-language theater in Europe outside the UK.

In May 2015, Vienna hosted the Eurovision Song Contest following Austria's victory in the 2014 contest.

A variety of architectural styles can be found in Vienna, such as the Romanesque Ruprechtskirche and the Baroque Karlskirche. Styles range from classicist buildings to modern architecture. Art Nouveau left many architectural traces in Vienna. The Secession building, Karlsplatz Stadtbahn Station, and the Kirche am Steinhof by Otto Wagner rank among the best known examples of Art Nouveau in the world. Wagner's prominent student Jože Plečnik from Slovenia also left important traces in Vienna. His works include the Langer House (1900) and the Zacherlhaus (1903–1905). Plečnik's 1910–1913 Church of the Holy Spirit (Heilig-Geist-Kirche) in Vienna is remarkable for its innovative use of poured-in-place concrete as both structure and exterior surface, and also for its abstracted classical form language. Most radical is the church's crypt, with its slender concrete columns and angular, cubist capitals and bases.

Vienna is the last great capital of the 19th-century ball. There are over 450 balls per year, some featuring as many as nine live orchestras. Balls are held in the many palaces in Vienna, with the principal venue being the Hofburg Palace in Heldenplatz. While the Opera Ball is the best known internationally of all the Austrian balls, other balls such as the Kaffeesiederball (Cafe Owners Ball), the Jägerball (Hunter's Ball) and the Life Ball (AIDS charity event) are almost as well known within Austria and even better appreciated for their cordial atmosphere. Viennese of at least middle class may visit a number of balls in their lifetime.

Dancers and opera singers from the Vienna State Opera often perform at the openings of the larger balls.

A Vienna ball is an all-night cultural attraction. Major Vienna balls generally begin at 9 pm and last until 5 am, although many guests carry on the celebrations into the next day. Viennese balls are being exported (with support from the City of Vienna) to around 30 cities worldwide such as New York, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Rome, Prague, Bucharest, Berlin and Moscow.

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Venues in Vienna (34)

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The Vienna State Opera is one of the leading opera houses in the world. Its past is steeped in tradition. Its present is alive with richly varied performances and events. Each season, the schedule features 350 performances of more than 60 different operas and ballets. The members of the Vienna Philharmonic are recruited from the Vienna State Opera's orchestra. The building is also the home of the Vienna State Ballet, and it hosts the annual Vienna Opera Ball during the carnival season.
Musikvereinsplatz 1
The Wiener Musikverein is a concert hall in the Innere Stadt borough of Vienna, Austria. It is the home of the Vienna Philharmonic. The acoustics of the "Great Hall" (Großer Saal) have earned it recognition alongside concert halls including Berlin's Konzerthaus, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Boston's Symphony Hall.
Währinger Strasse 78
The Vienna Volksoper is a major opera house in Vienna, Austria. It produces three hundred performances of twenty-five German language productions during an annual season which runs from September through June.
Lothringerstraße 20
The Konzerthaus is a concert hall located in Vienna, Austria, which opened in 1913. It is situated in the third district just at the edge of the first district in Vienna. Since it was founded it has always tried to emphasise both traditional and innovative musical styles.
Bastiengasse 36-38
The diverse and high-quality musical life in the city contributes significantly to Vienna's reputation as a world cultural capital. This has a centuries-long tradition, especially in the field of classical music, which still inspires us today. People from all continents visit the renowned Viennese concert halls and opera houses and carry the "Viennese sound" into the whole world.
Auerspergstrasse 1
The Auersperg Palace is a splendidly dignified but at the same time graceful baroque palace, with a 600 m2 private park. It has been the home and “residence” of the Vienna Residence Orchestra since its foundation. They perform most of their daily concerts here.
Wipplingerstraße 6-8
Bank Austria Salon in the Old City Hall is an event venue in the prestigious ambiance of the Belle Etage Baroque Hall of the historical building. Bank Austria makes the Baroque Hall available for cultural initiatives and young artists.
Universitätsring 2
The Burgtheater, originally known as K.K. Theater an der Burg, then until 1918 as the K.K. Hofburgtheater, is the National Theater of Austria in Vienna. It is the most important German language theater and one of the most important theaters in the world. The Burgtheater was opened in 1741 and has become known as "die Burg" by the Viennese population; its theater company has created a traditional style and speech typical of Burgtheater performances.
Dorotheergasse 6/8
CasaNova Vienna is a pavilion for events, cabaret & music in Vienna.
Meiereistraße 7
Vienna's Prater Stadium - renamed the Ernst Happel Stadium in 1993 - is Austria's largest, best-known and most important sports arena. As the venue for major sporting events in Vienna, it has always been in the focus of domestic and international sporting events. But not only that - for decades the Ernst Happel Stadium has also been the location of unique rock and pop concerts.
Walfischgasse 6/1/14
The Palais Eschenbach is an historical building located in the heart of Vienna, near the famous Ringstrasse, the most beautiful and magnificent boulevard in Vienna. Inaugurated by Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria in 1872, it was built in the clear style of Palladian classicism according to the design of the architect Otto Thienemann.
Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19
The Globe Wien is an event space in the St. Marx district in the 3rd district of Vienna Landstrasse in the Marx Halle, where theater, cabaret, comedy, and music events take place all year round.
Heldenplatz 1
The Hofburg was the residence of the Habsburgs in Vienna from the 13th century until the end of Austrias monarchy. It is the largest building complex in Europe that was not built for religious purposes.
Wollzeile 36
Today's "Kabarett Simpl" was founded in 1912 as the "Bierkabaret Simplicissimus". Inextricably linked with this are the names of Fritz Grünbaum (from 1914) and Karl Farkas, who came to Simpl in 1921 and took over its management in 1950. Maxi Böhm, Ernst Waldbrunn, Cissy Kraner and Hugo Wiener played under the direction of Karl Farkas.
Franz-Josefs-Kai 29
Komödie is Kai opened on May 27, 1982, with the English tabloid comedy "Good night, darling - and wish me luck" by William Douglas Home. The comedy on Kai brings international boulevard theaters and strives for artistic and stage technical perfection in their performances.
Johannesgasse 33
Kursalon (Kursalon Hübner) is a music hall in Vienna, designed by Johann Garben in the style of the Italian Renaissance and built between 1865 and 1867.
Fürstengasse 1
The Liechtenstein Garden Palace with its magnificent Hercules Hall and the spacious baroque garden has been available as an event location for weddings, congresses and gala dinners since the beginning of 2012. Also the traditional New Year’s Eve and New Year’s concert by the Vienna Hofburg Orchestra take place here.
Hernalser Hauptstraße 55
Striking through its six sand- and gold-colored columns and the central nave with the two brass chandeliers. Equipped with modern sound cladding since the summer of 1998, the great hall of the Vienna metropolis, newly renovated, shines in new splendor. Known and popular due to international and national events ranging from musicals to cabarets to concerts.
Singerstraße 7
The oldest concert hall in Vienna. In 1781 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived in the monastery of the German Teutonic Order. He played several concerts in Vienna’s oldest concert hall on behalf of Archbishop Colloredo, an important patron of the Mozart family. Come and experience Mozart’s spirit at performances in the Mozarthaus!
Am Augartenspitz 1
The MuTh is the most modern concert and theater hall in Vienna and offers a varied program with top acoustics and comfort with classical and choral music, pop & jazz, electronic music as well as opera and musical theater.
Rabengasse 3
The Rabenhof Theater offers contemporary, urban folk theater with a pop-cultural approach. The spectrum ranges from literary evenings to children's theater, drama, musicals, and baroque operas.
Wallgasse 18-20
In the year of 1890, a group of Viennese joined together to create a "Viennese popular theatre club" outside the city centre. This was designed for a wide circle of visitors, especially from the "lower classes". At highly reduced, affordable prices one could view patriotic folk tales, both told and sung, join in singing games and experience relevant works all in the field of folk music.
Seilerstätte 9
Ronacher, found in inner-city Vienna, was built by the architects Ferdinand Fellner d. Ä. und Ferdinand Fellner d. J between 1871 and 1872 as a private Ltd. for journalist Max Friedländerand the former “Burgtheater” Director Heinrich Laube. As a "Viennese City Theatre", it appealed to a broad middle-class audience and directly competed with the Imperial Court theatres of the day.
Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47
Schönbrunn Palace was the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers, located in Hietzing, Vienna. The Schoenbrunn Palace Concerts are served by The Schoenbrunn Palace Orchestra. Founded in 1997, it is led by the chief opera conductor Maestro Guido Mancusi since 1998. He also founded Chamber Opera Schoenbrunn in the Schönbrunn Palace Concert series.
Michaelerplatz 1
The Spanish Riding School (Spanische Hofreitschule) is an Austrian institution dedicated to the preservation of classical dressage and the training of Lipizzaner horses, based in Vienna, Austria, whose performances in the Hofburg are also a tourist attraction.
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