An illustrious institution with a fascinating history.
One of the world's great music houses.
Arguably the world's most important opera house, the Wiener Staatsoper, and the city as a whole, are considered beacons in the world of classical music. But within lies a tragic tale. Built in neo-Renaissance style, it was inaugurated in 1869 as the first phase of a larger plan to remodel the central area of the city, the Ringstrasse. But the public was underwhelmed, and such was the criticism that the architect took his own life. Then, during World War II, the building was devastated by bombing, and was not back in operation till 1955. In the decades since, however, there is no question it has overcome its past misfortunes to become the classical music world's pre-eminent institution.