The best places to see Live Music in Vienna
Vienna is often known as the hub of classical music in Europe, and there is certainly no shortage of concerts to reflect that. But it also plays host to a huge variety of other genres from jazz and swing to electro and pop. Below are some of the most well-known venues and links to their respective websites.
Live Music in Vienna
Vienna is often known as the hub of classical music in Europe, and there is certainly no shortage of concerts to reflect that. But it also plays host to a huge variety of other genres from jazz and swing to electro and pop. Below are some of the most well-known venues and links to their respective websites.https://www.musikverein.at/GrafeneggLess than an hour’s drive from Vienna, this incredible venue is situated in the grounds of the beautiful Grafenegg castle. The award-winning open air stage features an abundance of famous international guests playing repertoire from Mozart to Swing, not least from their critically acclaimed resident Tonkünstler Orchestra. Be sure to book your tickets in advance, as their concerts can sell out in minutes!http://www.porgy.at/Dachboden Flex Situated in a disused tunnel under the Danube, Flex is a hub of young electro-lovers.
This well-established local club is buzzing in the summer, with thousands of people hanging around the river listening to a showcase of electro-indie from what’s voted to be one of the best clubs in the world.Grelle ForelleBoth internationally renowned and up-and-coming DJs present a range of electro sets
in this fish-themed music club, located in the 9th district. The music focus is techo, but they also showcase a variety of other genres including house, hip-hop and alternative. Admission is €12, but the atmosphere and quality of music are worth it. Don’t arrive too early or you may find yourself in an empty club! The party usually starts around 1am.https://www.stadthalle.com
- With over 300 events and 1 million visitors a year, the Wiener Stadthalle is one of the biggest and most diverse venues in Vienna. All the biggest names play here, having housed musical legends from Bob Dylan and Rod Stewart to contemporary stars Lady Gaga and Linkin Park. Their variety doesn’t end there, as this huge complex also holds one of Vienna’s biggest tennis tournaments – Erste Bank Open – as well as a plethora of musicals such as Dirty Dancing and We Will Rock You.
- Wiener Stadthalle
- For a more chilled out evening of cocktails and great views, Dachboden is the place
to go. A trendy bar both inside and out, Dachboden serves good and inexpensive
drinks to a young and lively crowd. Opening at 3pm, this place fills quickly,
so be prepared to stand, but you’ll hardly notice while watching the sun set
over the beautiful Viennese skyline, especially on Wednesday nights, their
renowned swing and soul evening.
- Built in 1993, this venue and bar is home to some of the best jazz in the city, if not Europe. With a warm and friendly atmosphere, Porgy and Bess is one of the best places for a chilled night of high-quality jazz. Appreciative audiences
enjoy reasonably priced food and drink while they listen to a laid-back programme focused around jazz, but which also offers blues and world music.
- Porgy and Bess
- The home of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra, one of the best orchestras in the world, this concert hall only hosts the highest calibre of musicians, and no classical-music lover will leave here disappointed. Due to its highly regarded acoustics it’s often cited as one of the greatest concert halls in the world, and is the home to Vienna’s renowned New Year’s Concert. Tickets are sold exclusively by the orchestra at their box office, just a two minute walk from the hall. Make sure you book well in advance, as it’s one of the most popular music venues in the world!
The best place to buy your tickets
Operas in Vienna
There is one thing that should pop in your head when thinking of Vienna: the Opera! Even if you’re not really a fan of operas in general, we highly suggest that you pay a visit to the opera in Vienna at least once! We’re positive you will have a good time.
The State Opera
The State Opera of Vienna opened in 1869 with the premiere of Mozart’s Don Juan. The State Opera is the most important opera in Vienna and one of the most known opera houses in the whole world. The building was built in the style of the neo renaissance, however it wasn’t appreciated by the public back when it was built because of it’s back then strange architectural style. The original name of the State Opera was “Hofoper” which translates into “court opera”. Insider Tip: Every year from April till June and in September you can enjoy top ballet and opera performances open air while comfortably sitting in the Karajan square. And as if it couldn’t get any better, it’s for free!
- Opernring 2, 1010 Wien
- Like many other buildings in Vienna, the State Opera was heavily destroyed in WWII. It re-opened in 1955 with the premiere of Beethoven’s Fidelio. The State Opera featured famous opera directors like Richard Strauss and is currently being directed by Dominique Meyer. The Opera is also known for the “Opernball”, which is a high-society ball, held every year in February and attended by many famous celebrities.
Theater an der Wien
2005 was the last year of the Theater an der Wien held the purpose of being a theater, because since 2006 it is officially the “New Opera House” of Vienna. Like the Raimund theater and the Ronacher theater, the Theater an der Wien is part of the “Vereinigte Bühnen Wien” organisation. Location:
VolksoperToday, the Volksoper’s main focus lies in the showings of musicals and operettas, but it considers ballet and operas of course too.
- Währinger Str. 78, 1090 Wien
- When it opened in 1898, the Volksoper had only a lyric-style stage. Operas and singing performances were introduced to it only later in 1903. Many famous Operettas had their first ever showings at the Volksoper and many famous opera singers started out here as well. After WWI the Volksoper had lost most of its purpose as it was then only a representative building, but after WWII things looked much better for the Volksoper, as it served as a replacement for the then damaged State Opera.
- Fleischmarkt 24, 1010 Wien
- The smallest Opera in Vienna features everything from portrait concerts to unconventional reinterpretations. In fact the Kammeroper was built with the very intention of introducing new ways to opera, for example rock operas. If you consider yourself rather a fan of the classics you can of course also find plenty of those in the Kammeroper. It is as well part of the “Vereinigte Bühnen Wien” organisation.
- Linke Wienzeile 6, 1060 Wien
- In the Theater an der Wien you can not only enjoy great performances, but also get an amazing tour through the whole building for only 7 Euros! This is a great feature for theater lovers in general, but also for makeup and costume lovers, since you also get to go backstage and see the masks and everything. The tour is unfortunately only held in German, but in our opinion there’s a lot more to be seen there than heard anyway, so we guarantee you’ll have a blast!
- In 1801 the theater was opened by Emanuel Schikaneder in the color ochre from the outside with large empire windows and blue and silver from the inside. Due to fights and disagreements within the theater management, which led to its bankruptcy, Schikaneder was forced to sell the theater to his arch enemy. However he still had the privilege to manage artistic matters of the theater. In the following years the theater went through many varying stages of bankruptcy and success, one of its later successes being the start of the infamous musical “Mozart” in 1999.