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Rathaus Film Festival

Rathaus Film Festival

While most Vienna concert halls are closed in summer, you can still have a daily dose of world-class performances at the Rathaus Film Festival 2013 in front of City Hall. Every evening at nightfall for a full 65 days (from 29 Jun. to 1 Sept.) you can enjoy some of the greatest stars of classical music, dance and jazz on a […]

Opera Impressions

Opera Impressions

The recent presentation in the Volksoper of two one-act operas in very cleverly similar settings focussed attention on the subject of theatre and reality. From there, it is a short leap to musing about the role of opera as theatre. The time is particularly relevant as all three houses have now published their programmes for […]

Time to Celebrate Some More

Time to Celebrate Some More

Although the celebrations of Christmas and the New Year have slipped by, there is still much to celebrate, at least in the world of opera. On the first of February we celebrate the midpoint of the season when we can review the operas enjoyed to date and look forward to what is to come. We […]

Full House at the Staatsoper

The Vienna State Opera will perform 52 different operas and nine different ballets in its 2011/2012 season that begins in September and runs until June 30. With very few exceptions, the house rotates these productions so that a different opera or ballet appears each and every evening. These facts alone make the Vienna State Opera […]

A Camillia Named ‘Anna’

A Camillia Named ‘Anna’

I had to move house in March. I suppose that I should be in therapy but that prospect seems worse than moving house. My bijou bungalow and garden and the schloss park in which they are situated are going under the hammer with the tag “vacant possession of the entire”. So the move was inevitable. […]

Haus of Contrasts

For New Year’s in Vienna it’s Fledermaus on New Year’s Eve and the Blue Danube at midnight, and in the morning, a late champagne breakfast in bed with the Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert on the radio. And then that evening, how fine it is to dress up in one’s best clothes and traipse to the […]

The Diva and the Busker

The Diva and the Busker

She came, she sang, she thrilled. And did so in all the four scheduled performances, despite the fairly widespread speculation to the contrary and “informed rumor” that she would sing in only two. And on all four occasions the house rose to acclaim the return of a favorite and the success of a new Lucia. […]

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