The National Opera house in Vienna, long under the direction of the late, legendary Herbert von Karajan, has established itself as one of the greatest opera houses in Europe. Its repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the 21st century, with a high priority for the music of the 19th century.
The building, virtually destroyed during the war, was rebuilt, identically, to its original specifications. For its first show in 1955, it presented Beethoven's Fidelio. If you are not able to obtain seats—it is best to book well in advance—you can, however, enjoy a guided tour. You will see the grand marble staircase, the foyer, backstage areas, and the great curtain created by the artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. In spring and in September, 150 performances are projected live onto a 50-square-metre screen in front of the square—a free show that is very much appreciated.
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