Gilberto Gil

Gilberto Gil is one of Brasil’s most renowned and beloved singer/songwriter. His New Year’s Eve concert at the Copacabana drew in a crowd of more than 2,5 million fans. In summer he will be playing at the Vienna State Opera for the first time.

Gilberto Gil has the gift of incorporating every aspect of daily life into his work. From family life to political, social or cultural movements that characterizes his time, everything is an inspiration for a new song, an idea for a melody, an ingenious harmonic movement.

Gil has already sung the songs from the northeast of Brazil, that live in his childhood in Ituaçu, and in his immortal admiration of Luiz Gonzaga. He has sung about technological developments and their impact on the human journey. He has immersed himself in the depths of being celebrating feast and faith. From tropicalist electric guitars to the intimate acoustic guitar, his integrity and commitment to the goddess of music is unshakable. Gil is not afraid of death and not afraid of life. Thus begins a new phase in his career: the first album of old age.

OK OK OK brings family, close friends, the illness he experienced and those who helped him through it. At the same time, he questions the need for having to take a stand as demanded by society. The arrangements amplify his iconic interpretation in voice and guitar. The musical production by his son Bem and the participation of friends and family stand out in the intimate aspect of this work.

With horns, backing vocals, keyboards, guitars and percussion, Gilberto Gil proposes to the public his interpretations of the particular universe of OK OK OK together with a selection of his classics that are already part of the life and history of Brazil. Old age is not an obstacle to vitality in his performance, but rather a nuance in the infinite tiers of an artist who continues to experiment under any circumstance.



BATALA BOOM will perform in the foyer of the Vienna State Opera before the concert of Gilberto Gil from 6:30 PM till the start of the concert.

BATALA BOOM is an afro-brazilian samba-percussion-band, which has set itself the task of bringing the unique sound, the spirit and the brazilian joy of life to Austria. Only equipped with drums, the musicians ignite a rhythmic firework that makes the ground shake and is guaranteed to set the legs of each listener in motion.
The band is an open project for anybody, who always wanted to experience and create this energetic music. Beginner courses offer anyone interested the opportunity to try out the samba rhythm. Previous knowledge is not required.

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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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