The Theater an der Wien is one of the most beautiful theatres in Vienna and is among those with the richest history. Built in 1801 by Mozart’s librettist Emanuel Schikaneder with the composer in mind, the theatre has witnessed a series of historic world premieres, including that of Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio. For more than two centuries, the theatre has enchanted audiences with its outstanding acoustics and authentic, intimate atmosphere.
In January 2006 the Theater an der Wien was reopened as the new City of Vienna opera house and has since functioned as a stagione opera house with performances throughout the year. The programme includes opera ranging from Monteverdi and Mozart to modern composers and offers a new premiere every month. As a centre for Baroque opera and contemporary music theatre in Vienna, the oldest yet youngest opera house has established itself both at home and across the world.