Wiener Staatsoper streams daily opera performances

Vienna Staatsoper: Historic opera house offers free performances streaming until 24 November

One of the world’s best opera venues, often uttered in the same breath as La Scala or The Met,  offers daily performances featuring the top stars of the opera world.  

However, due to the current regulation of the Austrian government, all performances were cancelled up to and including December 6, 2020.  But now, the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) has announced a program of streaming broadcasts from November 17 to 24, which highlights the works of Richard Strauss.  

Among them, the historical recording of the Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose) under the musical direction of Carlos Kleiber in 1994.  For those who missed the relaunch of the legendary production of Elektra under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst last September, there is now the possibility to watch it online.  In addition to the focus on Richard Strauss, there will be a spectacular staging of Les Troyens, Peter Konwitschny's French Don Carlos with Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, as well as classics such as Swan Lake, to feed your cultural appetite.  Tickets to such performances can cost up to 300 euros during the regular season.

Streaming is available for free on the website  

The start time is always at 19.00, and the broadcasts are available for 24 hours.

Tuesday 17 November 2020, 19.00

Richard Strauss

ARABELLA (recitation of March 17, 2016)

Lyrical comedy in three acts

Music director: Peter Schneider

Director: Sven-Eric Bechtolf

With: Camilla Nylund, Bo Skovhus, Chen Reiss, Herbert Lippert, Daniela Fally


Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 19.00

Richard Strauss

SALOME (it reads of January 24, 2020)

Musical drama in one act

Music Director: Michael Boder

Director: Boleslaw Barlog

With: Lise Lindstrom, Michael Volle, Waltraud Meier, Herwig Pecoraro


Thursday, November 19, 2020, 19.00

Hector Berlioz

LES TROYENS (recitation of November 4, 2018)

Grand opéra in five acts

Music director: Alain Altinoglu

Director: David McVicar

With: Joyce DiDonato, Brandon Jovanovich, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Adam Plachetka, Jongmin Park, Szilvia Vörös


Friday, November 20, 2020, 19.00

Richard Strauss

THE ROSENKAVALIER (recitation of March 1994)

Comedy for music in three acts

Musical direction: Carlos Kleiber

Director: Otto Schenk

Starring: Felicity Lott, Anne Sofie von Otter, Kurt Moll, Barbara Bonney, Gottfried Hornik, Heinz Zednik


Saturday 21 November 2020, 19.00

Richard Strauss

ARIADNE ON NAXOS (reads 29 November 2017)

Opera in one act and prelude

Music director: Peter Schneider

Director: Sven-Eric Bechtolf

Starring: Lise Davidsen, Stephen Gould, Markus Eiche, Rachel Frenkel, Erin Morley, Peter Matic


Sunday 22 November 2020, 19.00

Giuseppe Verdi

DON CARLOS (recitation of October 4, 2020)

Grand opéra in five acts

Music director: Bertrand de Billy

Director: Peter Konwitschny

With: Malin Byström, Jonas Kaufmann, Eve-Maud Hubeaux, Igor Golovantenko, Michele Pertusi, Virginie Verrez


Monday, 23 November 2020, 19.00

Richard Strauss

ELEKTRA (recitation of September 11, 2020)

Tragedy in an act

Music director: Franz Welser-Möst

Director: Harry Kupfer

With, among others: Ricarda Merbeth, Camilla Nylund, Doris Soffel, Derek Welton, Jörg Schneider, among others.


Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 19.00

Piotr. I. Tchaikovsky

SCHWANENSEE (reads March 16, 2014)

Choreography: Rudolf Nurejew

Music Director: Alexander Ingram

With: Olga Esina, Vladimir Shishov, Eno Peci

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Wiener Staatsoper streams daily opera performances

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