The Opera House

Swarming with ticket sellers dressed uncomfortably in frock coats and powdered wigs, the Viennese Opera was built in 1869, and its eclectic architectural style was initially ridiculed as a 'digesting elephant.' But after one architect died from a botched operation and the other committed suicide as a result of the criticism, Emperor Franz Josef dared only to comment, 'it was very nice, it pleased me.' Now, the building with its formal archways, gilt and red carpets, still attracts great singers and conductors to its kitsch, dramatic spaces resonant with past and present music.

Guide to Vienna, Austria
website Opernring 2, 1010 1010 Vienna 01 5131513 Karlsplatz Karntner Ring, Oper Kamtnerstrasse car park






In the Mood


READ

Waiting For Sunrise- William Boyd

The Morning Gift- Eva Ibbotson

Embers- Sandor Marai

WATCH


Amadeus

Before Sunrise

The Third Man

LISTEN


Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann

Strauss: Best of Waltzes and Polkas- Weiner Philharmoniker

Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man






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