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Staatsoper Wien
Vienna State Opera


Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
light gray


  • The building was partly destroyed during World War II.
  • The building was erected after the old city walls were torn down in 1857.
  • The frescoes in the foyer were painted by Moritz von Schwind.
  • The two architects of the building, van der Nüll and his friend Sicardsburg, were not able to see the opening of their building. Nüll committed suicide after the Viennese challed the house tasteless, and Sicardsburg died shortly thereafter from a stroke.
  • The opera house was officially opened on the 25th of May 1869 with a performance of Mozart's Don Juan; Emperor Franz Josef was one of the attendees.
  • Famous conductors include Herbert von Karajan, Lorin Maazel and Ioan Holender.
  • The two riders in front of the opera house were erected in 1876 by Ernst Julius Hähnel.
  • Every year the world famous Opernball is held in this building.

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
  • National landmark
  • UNESCO landmark
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