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150 Anniversary of the Vienna State Opera

Published: May 3, 2019; 16:33 · (Vindobona)

25 May 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the opera house on the Ring, and the Vienna State Opera intends to celebrate this with a total of nine premieres. The premiere of Richard Strauss' Woman Without a Shadow (Frau ohne Schatten) will be the formal highlight of the evening, preceded by a ceremony in the morning and followed by a celebration at Herbert von Karajan-Platz the following day.

For 150 years the Vienna State Opera has been an internationally important institution. / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / Bwag [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

The opera house on the Ring opened on 25 May 1869 with a festive performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

It was an event that not only generated great excitement in Vienna, but also attracted considerable attention beyond the borders of the Hapsburg empire.

Since then the opera house has remained in the public spotlight.

For 150 years it has been an…

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