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travellingmom3 Sep 2nd, 2014 02:16 PM

Vienna State Opera Tickets
I will be visiting Vienna, with my son (23) and daughter(14) from December 27 to January 3. I am interested in seeing The Magic Flute at the Vienna State Opera. Of course at this late date tickets are all sold out. I am wondering if those having experienced standing room tickets could share their experience. I am concerned that it might be too long for my daughter to stand (although she is 14 and she loves this opera. She may complain more about standing in line to buy the tickets!!). Alternately, are there any suggestions for a ticket office (cringe, I know they mark the tickets up SO much) or other resource to buy tickets. Thanks so much!

love_travel_Aus Sep 2nd, 2014 04:22 PM

I have just had a look at the website and it seems to suggest that tickets are available and offers a range - I of course did not go right through the booking process!!

Sorry but cannot help with alternative agency as we have always purchased from this site.

Good luck and have a wonderful time in Vienna - it is a favourite of ours.

travellingmom3 Sep 2nd, 2014 04:50 PM

Hi love-travel-Aus,
Thank you for checking the website! I sent them an email to which they responded that the show was sold out. I am very excited about visiting Vienna - this will be my first time!

travellingmom3 Sep 2nd, 2014 04:58 PM

Hi love-travel-Aus,
Thank you for checking the website! I sent them an email to which they responded that the show was sold out. I am very excited about visiting Vienna - this will be my first time!

lincasanova Sep 3rd, 2014 12:02 AM

I always get standing room in Vienna

Here is some info I wrote in a trip report I did when asked

"...I usually go to the standing room only line 2-2.5 hours ahead of time, to see how it is. There is limited standing room, so it is worth it to go early. Once the box office opens the line moves very quickly. You can ony buy ONE ticket for yourself, so all members in your party must go.

Remember you must check all coats and parcels before entering the opera seating area. But first go put a scarf on your railing "area" to save the space and THEN go visit the opera house cafés and vestibule.

And "yes" there are multiple leds in English on the railings of the more expensive standing room."

lincasanova Sep 3rd, 2014 03:26 AM

I probably mentioned in the post also to be sure to buy the more expensive standing room.. it is the one on the main floor behind the expensive seats and with brass railings. Once they open the doors to go in, put a scarf hanging from the railing where you want to stand and go out and enjoy the building. This is how the locals do it.. you can drape the scarf for two people or tie 2 scarves next to each other, leaving a bit of space between the two.

The first time I saw that I didn´t understand it or believe it was so.. but it IS and I find it a great system for not wasting the early bird's time standing there anymore than necessary!You WILL be almost shoulder to shoulder but I have never had any problems. I go out to sit on one of the sofas sometimes. Best to have an aisle.. you can also see better that way, IMO.

Foreigners will come in and argue about it all but they are quickly told this is the system ( unless it has been changed since I was last there!) Been doing it for more than a decade.

travellingmom3 Sep 3rd, 2014 08:15 AM

lincasanova thanks so much for your very helpful posts! Your information is encouraging me to attend. I appreciate the "local" advice and will bring some scarves to hang. If I might ask one more question - I am assuming it is important with standing room seats to get there early, right when the doors open? Do people line up early as well?
Thank you!

lincasanova Sep 3rd, 2014 09:07 AM

buy early.. then find out when doors open.

travellingmom3 Sep 3rd, 2014 12:29 PM

Thank you!

lincasanova Sep 3rd, 2014 12:44 PM

I think you can't be there early enough for standing room as it is first come first served.. and the scarves on the railings fill up fast. Bring some chocolates to snack on out in the beautiful vestibules and gorgeous rooms or buy yourself a glass of champagne as you walk around. Remember NO COATS OR OUTDOOR JACKETS ARE ALLOWED IN ANY THEATERS IN VIENNA. You must go to the coat clerk to check it.

lincasanova Sep 3rd, 2014 12:45 PM

PS. I believe they took cash only for standing room. It's called "Stehplatz"

travellingmom3 Sep 3rd, 2014 03:10 PM

More thanks - your post have been SO helpful!

Ian Sep 3rd, 2014 03:22 PM

And yes, it is worth all of your efforts to go. We saw it a number of years ago, although the performance was not traditional costume or scenery. I booked 8 - 9 months out to get 3rd row seats.

Our view:


travellingmom3 Sep 3rd, 2014 06:13 PM

What great seats Ian! Thanks for the encouragement - I am excited now even about standing in line!

lincasanova Sep 3rd, 2014 10:37 PM

here's a foto.. I believe the railings are now metal.. they have led screens embedded in them for translations in several languages for the operas

travellingmom3 Sep 4th, 2014 07:01 AM

lincasanova thanks SO MUCH for the photo. It really puts the standing seat area into perspective - it's not at all how I pictured it. Actually looks comfortable!

lincasanova Sep 4th, 2014 07:25 AM

remember this is the expensive one..

travellingmom3 Sep 4th, 2014 01:56 PM

Thank you for the reminder - I've added it to my notebook. Do you have an opinion on attending an afternoon or evening show. This show is offered both on the same day. I am thinking the evening show might feel more "special"? If the opera a very dressy affair (just asking so we can dress properly). Thanks so much for all your help!

Ian Sep 4th, 2014 03:30 PM

From my trip report:

"Now to the opera. Dressed in our 'going out' duds, we trammed to the Staatsoper - only a little out of place amongst the trammies. Ticket pickup was easy & we milled around looking important like everybody else. Most were dressed up. Suit & tie for many - I saw one man in an Austrian dress jacket - just like Captain von Trapp. We made our way to our seats. 4th row Orchestra. Center aisle seats. Perfect. For 314€ (for 2) they should be good. And they were. The building & interior are wonderful of course & it was packed for this sold-out performance.

Stunning is the word that comes to mind. I know the music very well but I've never seen it performed. We were close enough to see & hear everything. Every expression. Every word. I was riveted. The Queen of the Night arias were breath-taking. All of the vocalists were superb. And the orchestra was wonderful. The set? Hmmm. Costumes? Certainly not period. But it didn't matter. The music was there. It's nice to fulfill a fantasy one in a while. Such a rare treat in life."

I remembered 3rd row but my trip report keeps me honest. ;)


maxima Sep 4th, 2014 05:22 PM

Standing room in the area behind the orchestra seating is in the parterre. It should be 4 euros per ticket unless there is a price increase. Standing room goes on sale 80 minutes before the performance according to the state opera website. do not confuse standing room with seating...there are no seats, you stand and have a railing to lean against. The Magic Flute performance is from 7pm to 10pm with one intermission.

I just looked at the website for the Vienna state opera and it does not say that the performance for the Magic Flute is sold out. It lists a range of ticket prices. I would try to see if you can purchase tickets online.

There is a performance for children in the afternoon on Dec 28, not the Magic Flute that is sold out.

The only performance of the Magic Flute that is listed for the dates you listed is the evening of Dec 28.

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