Vienna Opera House is situated in the first district of Vienna at the southern end of the Kärntnerstrasse. August von Sicardsburg and Eduard van der Nüll built the State Opera House from 1861 to 1869.
The Vienna State Opera House was opened in 1869 with a gala performance of Mozart’s "Don Giovanni." Since that time, it has been one of world’s leading and most famous opera houses. Great musicians have held the post of director, among them Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, Lorin Maazel, and many others.
The Opera House was almost totally destroyed in the World War II, but soon after was reconstructed following the original plans (it was reopened in 1955).
We had seats in one of the many well-appointed boxes for an excellent performance of "Der Rosenkavalier" by Strauss. Our box even had a dressing area with a mirror to fix your lipstick at intermission! Each concert-goer is provided with a real-time digital translator in multiple languages.
If you enjoy classical music of any kind, a night at the State Opera is one of the most impressive events any visitor to Vienna can experience.
If you can't get tickets for a performance (all but standing room sells out months in advance), by all means, book an afternoon tour of the Opera House. The architecture and artwork are well worth the time and price. I suggest purchasing your tickets through a reseller rather than directly from the Staatsoper website. I ordered mine 6 months in advance, gave them all of my credit-card information, and received a confirmation. I thought things were set until a week before the performance, when they sent an email telling me that they had no tickets available. Interestingly enough, I was able to buy them at a reseller at a much higher premium, although the seats were not nearly as good as the ones I had reserved.
The Vienna State Opera House is equipped with air-conditioning.