The voice acrobat Bobby McFerrin, born in 1950, experienced for himself how much the power of music can change you. When he attended a concert by Miles Davis in Los Angeles in 1971, he had been a musician for several years. He saw his future in composing and arranging TV and film music. At the end of the concert he was another. "My whole body was vibrating, I could feel that something had happened to me." From that day on, he devoted himself to improvisation. He rapidly developed the vocalese school founded by Jon Hendricks, in which he integrated the call & response principle and percussive elements.


The man wears many hats, as they say in the USA. He is a piano virtuoso, voice acrobat, conductor and ultimately a master teacher. As a musical chameleon who cavorts between jazz, classical music and R&B, he even had the luck to launch an unexpected world hit in 1988. His name was "Don´t Worry, Be Happy". He didn't take this message to heart after all and continued to work well.


Instead of repeating himself, he stalked his way more and more into the world of classical music, conducted large orchestras, recorded Mozart records with Chick Corea and, with his album "Paper Music", presented an extremely interesting collection of Bach and Fauré compositions in which he used his versatile voice as a solo instrument. In 2012 McFerrin shone at the Vienna Jazz Festival with WeBe3, a freely improvising vocal trio that has split off from his "Voicestra". In 2013 he inspired with his reading of the "Negro Spiritual". He offered classics like "Wade In The Water", "Fix Me Jesus" and "Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho".


You can already oil your vocal chords with consolation. At the Vienna State Opera he will perform so-called "Circlesongs" under the title "Gimme5" with five singers and local vocalist support.

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July 2019

Vienna State Opera

Public Transport

Subway lines: U1, U2, U4
Trams: 1, 2, D, J, 62, 65
Buses: 59A
Local Railway: Badner Bahn
Stops: Karlsplatz / Opera

Taxi stands are available nearby.


Parking is only € 6, - for eight hours!

The Wiener Staatsoper and the ÖPARK Kärntner Ring Garage on Mahlerstraße 8, under the “Ringstraßengalerien”, offer the patrons of the Vienna State Opera a new, reduced parking fee. You can park in the Kärntner Ring Garage for up to 8 hours and pay only a flat fee of € 6, -. Just validate your ticket at one of the discount machines inside the Wiener Staatsoper. The normal rate will be charged for parking time greater than 8 hours. The validation machines can be found at the following coat checks: Operngasse, Herbert von Karajan-Platz, and the right and left and balcony galleries.

Important: In order to get the discount, please draw a ticket and do not use your credit card when entering the garage!

After devaluing your ticket in the Wiener Staatsoper you can pay comfortably by credit card or cash at the vending machines.

The machines accept coins and bills up to 50.- Euro. Parking time longer than 8 hours will be charged at the normal rate.


The structure of the opera house was planned by the Viennese architect August Sicard von Sicardsburg, while the inside was designed by interior decorator Eduard van der Nüll. It was also impacted by other major artists such as Moritz von Schwind, who painted the frescoes in the foyer, and the famous "Zauberflöten" (“Magic Flute”) series of frescoes on the veranda. Neither of the architects survived to see the opening of ‘their’ opera house: the sensitive van der Nüll committed suicide, and his friend Sicardsburg died of a stroke soon afterwards.


On May 25, 1869, the opera house solemnly opened with Mozart's Don Giovanni in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth.
The popularity of the building grew under the artistic influence of the first directors: Franz von Dingelstedt, Johann Herbeck, Franz Jauner, and Wilhelm Jahn. The Vienna opera experienced its first high point under the direction of Gustav Mahler. He completely transformed the outdated performance system, increased the precision and timing of the performances, and also utilized the experience of other noteworthy artists, such as Alfred Roller, for the formation of new stage aesthetics.


The years 1938 to 1945 were a dark chapter in the history of the opera house. Under the Nazis, many members of the house were driven out, pursued, and killed, and many works were not allowed to be played.


On March 12, 1945, the opera house was devastated during a bombing, but on May 1, 1945, the “State Opera in the Volksoper” opened with a performance of Mozart's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. On October 6, 1945, the hastily restored “Theaters an der Wien” reopened with Beethoven's FIDELIO. For the next ten years the Vienna State Opera operated in two venues while the true headquarters was being rebuilt at a great expense.


The Secretary of State for Public Works, Julius Raab, announced on May 24, 1945, that reconstruction of the Vienna State Opera would begin immediately. Only the main facade, the grand staircase, and the Schwind Foyer had been spared from the bombs. On November 5, 1955, the Vienna State Opera reopened with a new auditorium and modernized technology. Under the direction of Karl Böhm, Beethoven’s FIDELIO was brilliantly performed, and the opening ceremonies were broadcast by Austrian television. The whole world understood that life was beginning again for this country that had just regained its independence.


Today, the Vienna State Opera is considered one of the most important opera houses in the world; in particular, it is the house with the largest repertoire. It has been under the direction of Dominique Meyer since September 1, 2010.

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