Opera House 3.5 rating

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Probably the most-beloved symbol of Viennese arts, and one of the first buildings to be rebuilt in the postwar era. It was built from 1861-1869 under the direction of architects Eduard van der Nüll and August von Siccardsburg for then-emperor Franz Josef I. The first performance was Don Giovanni, an opera by Austrian native Mozart, on 25 May 1869. The architecture of the opera was barely tolerated by the picky Viennese when it opened. Van der Nüll did not take these criticisms of his work lightly and committed suicide. A few weeks later, von Siccardsburg died of a heart attack. Doubly cursed, the opera building succumbed to bombs less than 100 years later, during WWII. After ten years of Allied control after the end of the war, many cultural institutions reopened to celebrate the birth of the new Austrian state. This time the opera opened with an adopted son of Vienna's work: Beethoven's Fidelio. The lush curtains and overall elegance contribute to the atmosphere (even the nosebleed seats, so steeply pitched and close to the ceiling a nosebleed becomes a distinct possibility). Inexpensive standing room tickets are made available for every performance and sold the day of the performance. The line forms about two hours prior to the performance. Guided tours in a number of languages are offered. The line at the front side door forms about 1/2 hour before the tour.

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About Opera House

 Opernring 2, Vienna, Austria

 +43 1 5131513

 http://www.wiener-staatsoper.at

Opera House and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Kunsthistorisches Museum

Kunsthistorisches Museum(0.5 km)
One of the world's greatest art museums and in a palace that is a work of art itself.

Hofburg Palace

Hofburg Palace(0.6 km)
This immense palace complex grew into a large, unwieldy series of buildings over the years and was the imperial residence of the Habsburg emperors until 1918.

Neue Hofburg

Neue Hofburg(0.5 km)
The newest and largest section of the Imperial Palace.

Albertina

Albertina(0.2 km)
The Albertina is the largest Habsburg residential palace and a popular art gallery in Vienna, with over 50,000 drawings and one million prints dating from Late Gothic to contemporary.

Karlskirche

Karlskirche(0.6 km)
Largest Baroque cathedral north of the Alps, designed by the famous architect Bernhard Fischer von Erlach.

The Museum District

The Museum District(1 km)
Has served as a cultural district of Vienna since 2001.

Vienna House of the Arts

Vienna House of the Arts(2 km)
Even an avowed hater of modern art can appreciate this.

Austrian Parliament Building

Austrian Parliament Building(1.2 km)
The Austrian Parliament Building is a magnificent and imposing building in marble where the Nationalrat (National Council) and Bundesrat (Federal Council) meet.

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