Vienna, Opera Tickets

Old Nov 29th, 2012, 09:57 AM
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Vienna, Opera Tickets

Can you recommend any website or ticket agents that may have tickets to sold out opera tickets in Vienna? I am traveling during the holidays and many of the performances I am interested in are sold out.

Thank you for any clues!
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Old Nov 29th, 2012, 12:39 PM
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have you considered the Volksoper? more light-hearted generally but still a very high standard.

if it has to be the Staatsoper, there are several agencies on google. take your pick.
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e-mail your hotel and ask if they can get you any tickets. Offer to pay in advance.
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I've used these people in the past. Heidi is extremely good at getting tickets in impossible situations.

That said, getting tickets for seats during the holidays will be like asking to travel to Mars tomorrow.

There are several other ways:

1) There may be sellers (some are scalpers) of tickets outside -usually on the right hand side (if you are facing the Staatsoper). Frequency and hours are random, but you should try at least a couple of hours ahead of the performance. The reason regular seats are so hard to come by is that people hold on to their "abonnement" seats, seemingly forever, year after year, but they don't want to attend every performance. If you're lucky you may get a ticket for the price that the seat usually would sell for.

2) The other way is to get a standing room ticket. These go on sale about 6pm, depending on the performance. So check the performance start time. The Staatsoper has about 550 standing room tickets. They go for less than 5 euros apiece. HOWEVER, every person who wants a ticket MUST be in line. You cannot have one person stand in line for 4 or 5 other persons. DEFINITELY NOT ALLOWED. That said, once in line, you may mark your spot with some article, like a hat. You then can leave the line to go to the restroom or to get a bite to eat. YOU MUST COME BACK. In other words, one person cannot stand in line and place 5 hats after him/her. You have to physically be in line. One ticket sold per person.

Depending on the performance the line could start at noon for an 8pm performance. Once you get your ticket (go for a gallery or balcony place, the parterre really sucks) there's a mad dash to go up the stairs to the relevant floor, so you may have been the first in line but you only will be able to get a place in the back if you don't scurry. Once allowed inside, you can secure your place with a scarf (the usual item for securing a place). BRING A SCARF and tie it to the railing. Now, you can leave to get a bite to eat. I've seen late arrivals try to move scarves around to squeeze themselves in, that too is a no-no. However, the first person to get to the standing room spaces is allowed to place two scarves - if he/she can move that fast, but usually each person has to secure his/her own scarf.

The line for the standing room tickets is on the LEFT side of the Staatsoper, if you are facing the front.

Good luck!

Oh, one other possibility - on the right side of the Staatsoper is a giant screen where some performances are shown live and free. I don't know if they do this in the freezing winter, tho.

Again, good luck!
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