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Please help! Questions on Vienna State Opera Standing Room Tickets

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Having searched in vain on the internet, I'm hoping that Fodorites may have the right information on standing room tickets at the Vienna State Opera.

On the Staatsoper website, there seems to be three kinds of standing room tickets: the single day purchase which involves standing in line before the performance when the tickets go on sale 80 minutes prior to performance.

Then there's another category called "standing room season passes" which is described as "a pass [which] enables the holder to purchase one standing room ticket performance (including advance ticket sales) up until 12 noon on the day of the desired performance".

Question: does this pass mean that I can prepurchase the ticket and don't have to stand in line just prior to the time of performance? If so, how far in advance can the standing room ticket be purchased - a week ahead of time? a month? a year?

The third category is for "Standing Room Vouchers for Balcony and Gallery" and it's a booklet of vouchers. "The vouchers can be use for standing room in the balcony and gallery [not the parterre]."

Question: Can I just go into a performance with a voucher and not have to purchase a ticket?

You see the presumed advantage of the vouchers and the passes - one doesn't have to stand in line just prior to the performance to purchase a standing room ticket. If you count the time spent queuing for the ticket and then the performance itself, this could easily add up to six hours of standing! I'm just afraid that there will be a sold-out performance and having either a pass or a booklet of vouchers will, at least, allow me into the standing room areas without the additional two hours of standing in line for a ticket.

One final question: do people bring stools and chairs to the standing areas? There was one internet source that mentioned a camping stool, but it wasn't clear whether the stool was used for queuing and waiting to purchase a ticket or whether the stool was used in the standing room area.

I've searched for hours on the internet and can't seem to find any answers to these queestions, therefore, your help will be very much appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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