Wien: Staatsoper

Country: Austria (Österreich)
State: Wien
City: Wien
Location: 1.; Opernring 2 / Operngasse / Philharmonikerstraße / Kärntner Straße / Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz

Built 1863-1869 as "K. k. Hof-Operntheater" by Eduard van der Nüll and August Siccard von Siccardsburg, near the site of the old Kärntnertortheater (1st theatre built 1709, destryoed 1761; 2nd theatre built 1761-1763, demolished 1870). Fresco paintings in the main staircase and the loggia by Moritz von Schwind. Opened 25 May 1869 with Mozart's "Don Giovanni". 1920 renamed "Staatsoper". Stage and auditorium almost completely destroyed by bombs on 12 March 1945. Subsequently restored and rebuilt by Erich Boltenstern. Acoustical consultant: G. Schwaiger. Re-opened 5 November 1955 with Beethoven's "Fidelio". Original capacity: 2324, today: 2200 (1650 seats + 550 standing).

1999 installation of a theatre tent, "Kinderopern-Zelt" for children's operas on the roof balcony by Wilhelm Holzbauer. Also known as "mobilkom-Zelt" after a sponsor. Opened 19 Sep 1999 with W. Hiller's "Das Traumfresserchen". Ca. 140 seats.

Notable world premieres:

  • Karl Goldmark: Die Königin von Saba (10 Mar 1875)
  • Karl Goldmark: Merlin (3 Apr 1886)
  • Josef Bayer: Die Puppenfee (4 Oct 1888)
  • Johann Strauß jr.: Ritter Pasman (1 Jan 1892)
  • Jules Massenet: Werther (16 Feb 1892)
  • Josef Bayer: Rund um Wien (13 Oct 1894)
  • Karl Goldmark: Das Heimchen am Herd (21 Mar 1896)
  • Alexander Zemlinsky: Es war einmal (22 Jan 1900)
  • Hugo Wolf: Der Corregidor (18 Feb 1904)
  • Karl Goldmark: Ein Wintermärchen (2 Jan 1908)
  • Franz Schreker: Das Spielwerk und die Prinzessin (15 Mar 1913)
  • Franz Schmidt: Notre Dame (1 Apr 1914)
  • Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (Wien version, 4 Oct 1916)
  • Richard Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten (10 Oct 1919)
  • Richard Strauss: Schlagobers (9 May 1924)
  • Igor Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex (staged premiere, 23 Feb 1928)
  • Franz Lehár: Giuditta (20 Jan 1934)
  • Boris Blacher: Der Mohr von Venedig (29 Nov 1955)
  • Frank Martin: Der Sturm (17 Jun 1956)
  • Gottfried von Einem: Der Besuch der alten Dame (23 May 1971)
  • Alfred Schnittke: Gesualdo (26 May 1995)
  • Friedrich Cerha: Der Riese vom Steinfeld (15 June 2002)

Link: www.wiener-staatsoper.at

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[Wien: Staatsoper] Front Text: "K. k. Hofoper"
Publisher: S10; ML
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Wien to Novy Rousinov (Moravia), 1901

[Wien: Staatsoper] Front Text: "K. k. Hof-Operntheater u. Kärntnerstrasse - Wien"
Publisher: Stengel & Co., Dresden und Berlin
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Wien to Haida (Bohemia), 1903

[Wien: Staatsoper] Front Text: "K. k. Hof-Oper, Wien"
Stamp on Reverse: "Dampf-Wasch-Anstalt Karl Bulawa, Teschen, österr. Schlesien"
Publisher: C. Jaeger (corm. V. Distl. & Cie.) Dampfwasch-Anstalt, Teschen (= Cieszyn, Poland)
Type: Laundry Receipt Card
Size: 11.5 x 7.9 cm

[Wien: Staatsoper] Front Text: "Wiener Leben, Vor der Oper", signed: "Karl Feiertag"
Publisher: B. K. W. I. (Brüder Kohn, Wien); 631-11
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Wien: Staatsoper] Front Text: "Beim Operntheater Bühnentürl - Benedict Felix" (at the opera stagedoor)
Publisher: Verlag "Bediene dich selbst!", Wien
Type: Real Photo
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Wien: Staatsoper] Front Text: "Wien - Opernring mit Kärntnerstrasse"
Publisher: B. K. W. I.; Ser. 194/2
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Wien to Praha (Czech Republic), 1922

[Wien: Staatsoper] Front Text: "Wien - Oper u. Kärntnerstrasse"
Publisher: "RIRA Kunstwebebilder", Verlag Richard Ram, Wien
Type: Woven Fabric; Advertisement Card; Divided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Wien: Staatsoper] Front Text: picture signed "Blum R. 1930"
Reverse Text: "Wien, Oper - Nach einem Aquarell von Rudolf Blum"
Publisher: Verlag Star, Nr. 511/12
Type: Winter Card
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Wien: Staatsoper] Picture: during the 1945 bombings
Front Text: "Oper"
Type: plain paper card, probably not designed for postal use
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Wien: Staatsoper] Picture: after the 1945 bombings
Front Text: "Staatsoper - Gosudarstvenny Opera", signed: "Griessler 1946"
Type: plain paper card, probably not designed for postal use
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Wien: Staatsoper] Picture: after the 1945 bombings
Front Text: "Wien 1, Oper"
Reverse Text: "Aus der Serie 'Verwüstetes Wien', Wien 1, Oper"
Publisher: Lilliput-Verlag
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Wien: Staatsoper] Front Text: "Wien, Staatsoper"
Reverse Text: "Wien - Vienna - Vienne - Vienna (Austria): Staatsoper, The Opera House, L'Opéra national, L'Opera di Stato, La Opera del Estado"
Publisher: Rau-Color, Wien
Size: Modern
Sent: from Wien to Aschaffenburg (Germany), after 1984 [postmark illegible]

[Wien: Staatsoper] Front Text: signed: "Leo Dobrowsky 88"
Reverse Text: "Wien, Staatsoper - Aquarell von Leo Dobrowsky"
Publisher: Elde-Tryck, Söderköping (Sweden)
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Wien: Staatsoper] Reverse Text: "Wien, Staatsoper - Vienna, State Opera - Vienne, L'Opéra National - Vienna, L'Opera di Stato"
Publisher: Verlag Bauer, Wien; 690
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Wien: Staatsoper] Picture: Staatsoper with Kinderopern-Zelt (theatre tent for children's opera) on the balcony
Front Text: "Wien, Oper"
Reverse Text: "Wien - Vienna - Vienne - Viena, Oper"
Publisher: Stefan Gaukell, Wien; G 754; Rau color
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Wien: Staatsoper] Stamp (Austria, 2009)
Text: "140 Jahre Wiener Staatsoper"

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For other postcards of this theatre, see Wien: Cards showing various theatres.


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