Volksoper – The second-largest opera house in Vienna

4 genres under one roof: operas & operettas, musicals & ballets

As the second largest opera house in Vienna, the Volksoper offers a wide-ranging programme – from operas and operettas to musicals and ballet performances. Its ensemble includes over 150 singers and 100 dancers as well as 95 orchestra musicians. In the meantime, it is also considered a world-leading operetta house.

Fassade VOP © Barbara Pálffy / Volksoper Wien

The famous repertoire theatre can house a total of 1,337 visitors. The 480m² large stage has an operable width of more than 17 metres.

The repertoire of the Volksoper Vienna

The historical venue always has its season from September to June. During this time, over 30 different productions are put on – as part of some 300 performances.

Director of the Volksoper, Burg actor Robert Meyer has given special attention to the operettas since 2007. Operas increasingly came into their own from the 18th to the 21st century. As such, famous Mozart operas are just as much a part of the programme as musical classics à la “My Fair Lady”, magical ballets, and vivacious operettas. Furthermore, with the “Volksoper Spezial”, a sort of 5th category has been brought to life. This consists of comedies, parodies, and soirees.

Die Fledermaus, Elisabeth Flechl (Rosalinde), Alexander Pinderak (Alfred)
Die Fledermaus © Barbara Pálffy/Volksoper Wien

The way into the world of musical theatre should be paved for especially young visitors too. For this purpose, an extensive programme featuring child-friendly shows, workshops, tours, and school projects is a fixed part of cultural education here.


Today’s venue was opened as early as 1898 – under the name “Kaiser-Jubiläums-Stadttheater” and started purely as a stage for spoken theatre. A few years later, the programme was expanded to include operas and musical comedies. Finally, in 1904, the Stadttheater Wien was rebaptised with the name it holds today. Here, world-famous operas celebrated their Viennese premieres, among them, 1910’s “Salome” by Richard Strauss. Even great singers such as Maria Jeritza could be found on the Volksoper stage before their big break.

After the Second World War, the building was used as an alternative accommodation for the Vienna State Opera. It was not until the latter’s reopening in 1955 that the venue was revived as an independent music theatre.

Szene aus dem Stück Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni © Barbara Pálffy/Volksoper Wien

The view of the magnificent audience room from the stage is splendid.

Volksoper Wien Schlussaplaus My Fair Lady: Blick von der Bühne in den Zuschauerraum
View of the audience room from the stage © Dimo Dimov/Volksoper Wien

How to reach the second largest opera house

Address: Währinger Str. 78, 1090 Vienna
Public transport: Underground line U6, tram lines 40, 41, 42, stop: “Währinger Straße / Volksoper”
Accessibility: Barrier-free access with bell and ramp for wheelchair users.

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