Vienna’s Opera(s)

Left: The Vienna Volksoper in 1898 | Right: The Vienna Staatsoper circa 1898 by Josef Löwy

Vienna: city of both serious and light music, of opera & operetta.  Vienna was the music workshop of both Johann Strauss, father and son, and Richard Strauss, the legacy of which, may be heard any matinée and/or evening of the week at the Staatsoper – which focuses on opera, the Volksoper – which focuses on operetta, and the three “united” theaters: Raimund, Ronacher and Theater an der Wien, which cover everything else, including hit Viennese musicals.  Last year, Professor Michael Werba, Member of the Staatsoper since 1975 and the Vienna Philharmonic since 1978, shared with us his father’s tireless efforts to bring music to Vienna’s devastated residents in the immediate aftermath of World War II.  For this Vienna Live episode, Professor Werba is joined by Johannes Wildner, Professor of Orchestral Conducting at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna and will give us an exclusive introduction to the uniquely Viennese way to go to the opera(s).


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