From the medieval to contemporary music, the Vienna Boys’ Choir have a wide repertoire of songs. During the year, they perform 300 times, for example, at the Vienna State Opera House, the Wiener Volksoper, and the Salzburg Festival.
They are involved in oratorios, passions, and symphonic pieces, sing at tournaments around the world, and can be admired on numerous CD and film recordings.
Tradition and successes
Today, there are around 100 boys in the choir, who are divided into four choirs of equal ranges. All are named after a famous composer, resulting in the Haydn, Bruckner, Schubert, and Mozart Choirs.
Until 1918, they exclusively sang on behalf of the court, but today they have been reorganised as a private association and since 2012, have even been singing in their own concert hall – the MuTh. There, you can experience the Vienna Boys’ Choir and other music and theatre performances live.
In the concert hall, located next to the Augarten Palace, they don’t shy away from putting on bold productions. Again and again, a fantastic interplay of the theatre and music, and tradition and modernity is on display.
Appearances in classical concert halls are often performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphonic, or other large orchestras in the Golden Hall in the building of the Vienna Musikverein or in the Wiener Konzerthaus.
The appearance of the Vienna Boys’ Choir
During imperial and royal times, the Boys’ Choir still performed in military uniforms and with sabres. In 1924, the military uniform was replaced by the sailor suit. The new uniform has two versions. The blue version is used for travelling and press events, while the white version of the sailor suit is used for festival appearances, including classical concerts in concert halls.
The official coat of arms for the Republic of Austria are also sewn onto the suits. This was, however, not introduced until 1961 on the suggestion of Walt Disney.
On Sundays, the Vienna Boys’ Choir sing the Holy Mass in the Hofburg Chapel. It is a tradition which has been maintained in the Hofburg to this day.
Concert hall of the Vienna Boys’ Choir:
Dates for upcoming performances by the Vienna Boys’ Choir.