We start the third day of our visit to Vienna with a guided tour of the Vienna State Opera building. This historic opera house faces the Ringstrasse and belts out some of the finest opera in all of Europe.
When it was built 130 years ago, critics hated the building, which led the architect to commit suicide. The building was destroyed on the 12th of March 1945 during World War 2, but it was rebuilt shortly after following the original Neo-Renaissance style as closely as possible. It’s a sumptuous place. The interior has a chandeliered lobby and carpeted staircases perfect for making the scene. The theater itself features five wrap-around balconies, gold and red décor, and a beautiful bracelet-like chandelier.
Approximately 50 operas and 20 ballets are offered in the repertoire every season. Back stage over 250 technical employees work from early in the morning though the night in order to prepare for the daily changes of performances.
Video from our visit: