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Vienna State Opera Tickets

The Vienna State Opera is one of the most popular opera houses in the world. Every year, the schedule features more than 350 performances and 60 different opera and ballets. Tickets for Vienna State Opera typically sell out 98% of the time. Buy Vienna State Opera Tickets today and reserve your seat to an upcoming performance. 

Official Name

Wiener Staatsoper


Vienna, Austria


Opernring 2, 1010 Wien, Austria

Grand Opening

May 25, 1869

Seating Capacity


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About Vienna State Opera 

The Vienna State Opera, known as the Wiener Staatsoper in German, is an Austrian opera house and opera company in Vienna, Austria. Every year, world-class artists perform alongside a permanent ensemble whose members are also a part of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Vienna State Opera History

The Vienna State Opera was first commissioned by the Viennese city expansion fund. Construction started in 1861 and took 8 years to complete. On May 25, 1869, the Vienna State Opera opened its doors with a grand performance by Don Giovanni by Mozart. 

After opening, the building was not very popular with the general public. It was compared to the Heinrichshof and did not appear as splendid. 

Near the end of World War II, the Vienna Opera House was set on fire after an American bombardment. The auditorium and stage were completed destroyed along with almost all the decor and props for more than 120 operas that had 150,000 costumes. For a short period, the Vienna State Opera relocated to the Theater an der Wien and the Vienna Volksoper until reconstruction was completed. 

The Vienna Opera was redesigned, moving away from the Romantic Mozart ideal toward a focus on orchestral sound and performance. It featured a design that resembled chamber music to provide their audience with a more clear and lighter sound. This style became known as “typically Viennese” and become quite popular thereafter.

Seating at Vienna State Opera

The Vienna State Opera holds 1709 seats and tickets go on sale around 1 to 3 months before a performance. Vienna State Opera tickets in price category 1 and 2 can be ordered further in advance.  

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Connection with Vienna Philharmonics

The Vienna Philharmonic has an old and rich history of traditional European classical music. Some of the most prominent composers have had close associations and relationships with this orchestral ensemble. Johannes Brahms considered himself as a “friend and admirer” and Richard Wagner described them as one of the most outstanding in the world. 

Members of the Vienna Philharmonic must already be a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. There is no other way to becoming a member of its ensemble without successfully auditioning for a position with the State Opera. If accepted, artists must prove themselves over a period of 3 years before they are eligible to apply for membership with the Vienna Philharmonic

This tradition has been established since 1833, which focuses on a higher level of artistic performance based on the orchestra’s performance. As of 2006, the Vienna Philharmonic was chosen as Europe’s finest orchestra and its relationship with the Vienna State Opera greatly enriches the city’s musical life.