Why Vienna is a musical metropolis in 2018


For many people Vienna is the capital city of music. That is not just because great composers such as Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or Franz Schubert created musical history here, but also because of the huge variety of cultural events which are offered today.

A glance at the event calendar of the Wiener Bühnen, the company which stages many of the theatrical productions in Vienna, shows that the Viennese capital is at the forefront in the German-speaking world and can also hold its own internationally. I'll show you why you don't have to travel to New York or London to enjoy productions you've always wanted to see.

One important point which should be noted is that nearly all of the productions are staged in the German language, although the original songs are sometimes performed in English and some theatres offer surtitles. 

Spectacular stage design and impressive performance at CATS in Ronacher | © RUG/Alessandro Pinna

Great emotions on stage

Entertainment, passionate love stories, famous tales or gripping family dramas - this year Vienna is hosting a lot of musicals that generate great emotions and are guaranteed to give you goosebumps.

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©RUG/Alessandro Pinna

Musicals for the little ones

Children love singing, dancing, acting and music at least as much as adults. Anyone looking for musical fun for the whole family in Vienna will quickly find what they are looking for. 

Peter Pan at the Vienna Volksoper | © Wiener Staatsballett/Ashley Taylor

Not just for youngsters

Musicals for children are often particularly interactive and tell stories from which even adults can learn something. I'll try to make the choice easier for you and have collected a few highlights:

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©Wiener Staatsballett/Ashley Taylor
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Mei Lie Tjia

At the age of five Mei Lie Tja emigrated with her parents from Shanghai to Vienna. Since then she has been both fascinated and obsessed by Vienna. Mei  loves photo safaris in the chic, bohemian districts, discovering new cafés (espresso with lots of sugar) and writing short stories about magical Vienna.  Since she has become the mother of two children, she no longer has so much time for that – has however discovered a new side of Vienna. One which also has lots of surprises in store for families.

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