In January 2006 the Theater an der Wien was reopened in honour of Mozart’s 250th birthday. Since then, the venue at the Naschmarkt has been considered the city’s new opera house – and attracts lovers of Baroque opera and modern musical theatre to its splendid ambience. It has 1,129 seats and room for 50 standing visitors. Every month, a premiere is presented.
The simultaneously oldest and youngest opera house
There is a good reason that the Theater an der Wien is regarded as both the youngest and oldest opera house: The building was actually originally used as a theatre as early as 1800 – and under the name k.k. privilegiertes Schauspielhaus an der Wien, was even home to celebrities such as Ludwig van Beethoven, who lived and worked there for a while.
After historical and societal highs and lows, and ultimately, the chaos of the war, the theatre was purchased by the city in 1960. Since then, the building has been a venue for the Vienna Festival, as well as the KlangBogen – two large musical events held in Vienna on a yearly basis.
Today, the Theater an der Wien – as the city’s “third opera house” – forms part of the “United Stages Vienna”, together with the Ronacher and the Raimund Theater.
A brief excerpt of original and first performances
- 1805: “Leonore” by Ludwig van Beethoven
- 1844: “Der Zerrissene” by Johann Nepomuk Nestroy
- 1874: “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss
- 1983: “Cats” by Andrew Lloyd Webber
- 1988: “The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber
- 1992: “Elisabeth” by Sylvester Levay & Michael Kunze
- 2006: “I hate Mozart!” by Bernhard Lang & Michael Sturmbringer
With group and private tours, you will be shown the theatre “from the inside”. During their guided tour, visitors not only have the opportunity to the foyer and audience area, but also to get to know the understage area, dressing rooms, and masks. This tour for theatre lovers is made complete by information on the history and technology of the venue, as well as the programme.
How to reach the opera house
Address: Linke Wienzeile 6, 1060 Vienna
Public transport: a short walk from Karlsplatz (Underground lines U1, U4)
Further information about the current programme