Just in: The Vienna Opera will shut from Monday

Just in: The Vienna Opera will shut from Monday


norman lebrecht

November 19, 2021

Official statement:

Due to the new lockdown announced today by the Austrian government, the Vienna State Opera will temporarily suspend regular performance from Monday, November 22nd up to and including Sunday, December 12th. The last performance before the three-week closure is The Flying Dutchman with Bryn Terfel next Sunday.

Since rehearsals are not affected, work will continue on upcoming performances. Above all, this includes the new production of Don Giovanni directed by Barrie Kosky. The premiere on December 5th will be without an audience in the hall, but live in the main evening program of ORF III. This continues the series of broadcasts implemented together in the last lockdown as part of the ORF III series “We play for Austria”.

Rehearsals will also continue for important revivals such as Don Carlo with Asmik Grigorian and Franz Welser-Möst and Peter Grimes with Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel and Lise Davidsen.

Some performances will have to be dropped, such as L’elisir d’amore and Don Pasquale for organizational reasons.



Aufgrund des heute von der österreichischen Bundesregierung bekanntgegebenen neuerlichen Lockdowns muss die Wiener Staatsoper ihren regulären Spielbetrieb ab Montag, 22. November, bis einschließlich Sonntag, 12. Dezember, vorübergehend einstellen. Die letzte Vorstellung vor der dreiwöchigen Schließung ist daher Der fliegende Holländer mit Bryn Terfel am kommenden Sonntag.
Da der Probenbetrieb von den Maßnahmen nicht betroffen ist, wird weiterhin für kommende Vorstellungen gearbeitet werden. Dazu gehört vor allem die Neuproduktion des Don Giovanni in der Regie von Barrie Kosky. Die Premiere am 5. Dezember wird diese Inszenierung allerdings ohne Publikum im Saal feiern müssen, dafür aber live im Hauptabendprogramm von ORF III. Damit wird die Serie der im letzten Lockdown gemeinsam erfolgreich umgesetzten Übertragungen im Rahmen der ORF III-Sendereihe »Wir spielen für Österreich« fortgesetzt.

Ebenfalls wird im Haus weitergeprobt für wichtige Wiederaufnahmen wie Don Carlo mit u. a. Asmik Grigorian und Franz Welser-Möst oder Peter Grimes mit Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel und Lise Davidsen.

Einige Vorstellungsserien werden ersatzlos entfallen müssen, wie zum Beispiel L’elisir d’amore oder Don Pasquale (letzterer aus organisatorischen Gründen inklusive der ursprünglich geplanten Vorstellung am Montag, 13. Dezember. Das Ersatzprogramm für diesen Tag wird gesondert bekanntgegeben).

Die bereits gekauften Tickets werden storniert und rückgebucht. Detaillierte Informationen zur Rückabwicklung sowie zur Erreichbarkeit der Servicestellen finden Sie hier.


  • ken says:

    Get your shots, folks !

    • May says:

      We wouldn’t be in this mess right now if all of you hadn’t freaked out and gotten injected. Natural immunity is the only thing that is going to help in this pandemic, not some shoddy drug with marginal efficacy, for which its only useful purpose is to drive the virus to mutate even more rapidly. ken, instead of a shot in your arm, why don’t you get a shot of whisky and rethink your position?

      • Amos says:

        As has been proven with real science the neutralizing Ab titers from “natural immunity” are orders of magnitude lower than getting vaccinated. Second, again there is no such thing as Ab neutralization of a virus causing mutations! What causes mutations is constant viral replication which is prevented by vaccination because Ab-virus complexes activate the classical complement cascade leading to removal of virus. Third, vaccination with approved vaccines has 90-95% efficacy in preventing hospitalization and death. “Natural immunity” leads to more infections, more death, overflow of hospitalizations and an unending cycle of mutations. Either learn some basic immunology or stop spreading misinformation.

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      …. and continue getting them, up to 3 or more times in a year.

      • Amos says:

        Please stick to your lane with misogyny directed at women who aim for more than having their lives directed by men, right-wing racism and fascism and a frightening nostalgia for the Germany of the 1930’s. Your insights into public health are an embarrassment of disinformation.

    • Gus says:

      Today surgeon in Swindon dies from Covid-double jabbed. His father also a medic died from Covid-also double jabbed. Jabs don’t work.Efficacy in that family 0%.

  • Cynical Bystander says:

    Total lockdowns for all including the fully vaccinated to be followed by mandatory vaccination from February. Seems that Covid is now invincible in reforming society at large and whatever one may think about the efficacy of the vaccine it does not appear to offer anything like the ‘normal’ lives we once took for granted.

    Those of us who have had the jabs but still find ourselves at risk and come February when everyone has had them but the restrictions continue might wish to ponder just what is this Covid which is running riot throughout the world and equally where did it come from and who is gaining from its continuing to defy the measures taken to control it.

    The longer this goes on the more the question of how it continues to reek the havoc it is will need to be answered. Having the jab possibly stopping you from contacting it is one thing. Undermining society as we have understood it as the price to do so is something else. In order to be relatively safe from Covid that price seems to be more than a couple of injections.

    • La plus belle voix says:

      Actually, it’s to “wreak” not “reek” havoc, but quite amusing in that the whole Covid thing stinks. The word comes from the Old English “wrecan”, meaning to avenge, or originally to drive out in the sense of to punish. For the record it’s a Class V strong verb, and the past tense is “wræc”, the past participle being “wrecen”. But enough already . . .

    • Tiredofitall says:

      “Having the jab possibly stopping you from contacting it is one thing.”

      You still don’t understand or at least describe the efficacy of the Covid vaccine.

    • Couperin says:

      Relax. Austria has a terrible vaccination rate, like lots of European countries. Its hospitalizations that we need to watch. And it’s proven time and again with each study that the vax and boosters help to prevent hospitalization and even severe sickness. Austrians need to get vaxed..

    • Jack says:

      This is a thoughtful comment.

      If covid becomes endemic, then we really need to focus on increasing hospital capacity and finding treatments for covid so that life can go on more or less as normal.

    • Peter San Diego says:

      There are encouraging developments, however. First, the therapeutic medicines from Pfizer and Merck, with whose help COVID could recede to the level of an endemic but tractable disease, are coming soon. Second, several groups are working on vaccine formulations effective against all coronaviruses (and thus, against future variants as well) by targeting the universally conserved features that define the coronavirus family.

      The present course of fluctuating levels of lockdown exerts too steep a social and economic price to continue indefinitely; in the short term, however, it seems prudent as long as it’s applied rationally and selectively.

    • Monsoon says:

      As I will keep posting:

      What health officials are trying to do is prevent hospitals from running out of beds, not actually stop the spread.

      The data is undeniable: People who are vaccinated and become infected are highly unlikely to be hospitalized.

      There are still so many people who are unvaccinated that it doesn’t take a large percentage of them to become infected and then a subset so sick that they have to be hospitalized for our hospitals to run out of beds. And when that happens, health care has to be rationed, including to people who are seeking treatment for non-COVID aliments.

      And this is what happened in the United States this summer with the Delta variant.

      We get back to normal life when enough people have immunity through the vaccine or infection that there aren’t enough unvaccinated people who could overburden the hospital system next time there is an infection surge.

    • Alan says:

      It is wreaking havoc because people won’t get vaccinated. 27 of 31 patients in Salzburg ICU are unvaccinated. The vast, vast majority vaccinated are perfectly safe from hospital. The issue now is those who believe their personal rights are literally more important than other people’s lives.

    • Gus says:

      The jab is unsafe and ineffective

    • Amos says:

      What is so hard to fathom that until ~ 90% of a population is fully immunized via vaccination that an air borne viral pandemic will continue? Thanks to our former president and his fellow travelers for the first time receiving a life saving vaccine has been politicized. There is no conspiracy to undermine anything; get everyone vaccinated and life returns to normal or wait and a new variant will emerge which requires more of the status quo.

  • TishaDoll says:

    95 percent of the problems come from the unvaccinated here in Germany and Austria. They know everything. Glad I went to Barock operas at Staatsoper at the beginning of the month as lockdowns are not out of the question in Berlin. Campra’s Idomenee is a real opera for nerds who want to see how Mozart filled out this masterful template with tunes. Sir Simon is very good in baroque music in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie, and in Bach’s Johannes Passion 2 years ago. Lady Rattle’s small, angular, sheenless voice less so.

  • Gustavo says:

    So is Musikverein.

  • Bet says:

    I bet British musicians are not missing those European visas afterall.

  • Peter says:

    Oh. I thought the lockdown for the unvaccinated would solve everything. But this is what happens when youre country is run by vaczists.

    • Stephen Owades says:

      No, *vaccinations* for all (and booster doses as needed to keep antibody levels up) is what will “solve everything.” Lockdowns for the unvaccinated are not really an alternative to vaccination, but they’re necessary as long as people remain stubborn and stupid.