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Opera in 360 degrees

The heart of Vienna, the city of music, beats in the Vienna State Opera, one of the world's leading opera stages. Now you can feel this heartbeat: the VR experience Vienna State Opera VR - Beyond the Scenes offers unprecedented insights into the opera house. Let's dive into the world of opera, in front of and behind the scenes, including areas that are not normally accessible.

The virtual tour casts the architectural Neo-Renaissance jewel in the right light. And does so from a 360-degree perspective. Let's accompany a dancer high above the rooftops of Vienna, inside in the legendary tea salon, and on a "stage ride" with two colleagues. Let's watch a flute player in the magnificent staircase. Let's listen spellbound to opera star Valentina Naforniță. The soprano sings in the splendid salon, where opera guests normally raise a toast during the intermission. Amazingly, even vacuum cleaners are musically involved in the production.

One's own point of view guides the exciting foray through the opera – depending on the path and perspective we choose.

Let's go on a voyage of discovery!

Here's how it works:
simply swipe through the running movie with the mouse on your computer and be amazed. You can view the 360-degree video from different angles. If you have VR glasses, simply put them on. On your smartphone: open the YouTube app for the full 360-degree experience.

Vienna State Opera VR - Beyond the Scenes

Scandal at the opening

Everything began with doubt and scandal: the architects August Sicard von Sicardsburg and Eduard van der Nüll already came in for criticism by the press and the equally ungracious Viennese during the construction phase of the Court Opera. By subsequently raising the level of the Ringstrasse, the opera seemed to be one meter too deep in the ground, which earned it the name "sunken box".

The two architects were never to experience the opening of "their" opera house on May 25, 1869 with Mozart's Don Giovanni in the presence of the imperial couple Franz Joseph and Elisabeth: the sensitive van der Nüll committed suicide while Sicardsburg succumbed to a stroke. The emperor is said to have taken van der Nüll's death to heart in such a way that from then on he always gave the same polite verdict:

“It was very nice, I was very pleased!”
Emperor Franz Joseph

Today, all the scandals of the opening have been forgotten – and there is reason to celebrate: in 2019, the Vienna State Opera will celebrate the anniversary “150 years of the opera house on the Ring”: freshly dressed up after restoration, with glittering performances and a festive program. The State Opera is an institution in its own right: all the great singers perform here, from Anna Netrebko to Plácido Domingo. Every year, more than 60 different opera and ballet works are on the schedule in around 350 performances. That makes it the theater with the world's largest repertoire. And Elysium for opera lovers.

Video: Vienna State Opera VR - Beyond the Scenes
CAST

Choreographer, Dancer: Eno Peçi / Singer: Valentina Naforniță / Flute: Karin Bonelli / Dancer: Mihail Sosnovschi / Dancer: Andrey Teterin
CREATIVE
Director: Michael Lenzinger / Score: Siegfried Friedrich / DOP & Post Production: Philipp König / Post Production Assistant: Georg Kurz / Ambisonic Audio / Design: Thomas Aichinger
PRODUCTION
Producer, Vienna State Opera: Christopher Widauer / Producer, Junge Römer: Andreas Fraunberger / VR Production Company: Junge Römer / Audio Studio: scopeaudio
Thanks to SAMSUNG, Technical Partner of the Vienna State Opera.

Vienna State Opera

Opernring 2

1010 Vienna

www.wiener-staatsoper.at

+43 1 514 44 2250

All about the 150th anniversary:
www.wiener-staatsoper.at/150

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