On my 23rd birthday, one of my dreams came true. Watching DER REISCHÜTZ, a world-class opera in Vienna State Opera which is one of the leading opera houses in the world, was the best way to start my new year of life. Good things are never easy to achieve. I had a bit of drama before I finally sat down in the box. This experience taught me that life will get things sorted for you. Or, you will eventually find a way to sort things out.
There was a confirmation email sent to me after paying for the tickets. And yes, we all should always read everything we receive thoroughly. That email was not a ticket but a guideline of how to print the ticket through their official website. It was all in German which was such a pain when I realized this problem half an hour before I needed to set off to the opera. I asked for help from the hostel reception. They couldn’t figure it out as well so I went to the opera house to see if there’s any hope. Now I can tell you, no need to be worried. The opera house prints all the remaining tickets out few hours before the opera begins. Just simply show them the email and you’re good but it does require some time in a queue.
In terms of the ticket, I have some tips for you from my own experience. First, do not get the seats from second and third rows in a box. If you think the tickets are too expensive but really want to experience it, go get the standing tickets on the day.
Around two months before the trip, I booked the opera ticket online. It was a hard time when I was trying to pick a seat. Ticket prices were quite expensive and there were not many vacancies left. Since I had a wonderful experience in a box in Prague, I didn’t think twice and booked the two vacancies in the second row of a box. However, when I found my seat, I realized that most of the stage was blocked by people in the first row. I thought it was unfortunate, then I realized there was a lady seating behind me. That very kind lady told me that she has seen the opera before and it’s okay for me to stand up. The high chair that I was seating on should be designed for the audience to stand up. It has a little standing stage so you don’t need to keep climbing up and down. Nevertheless, if I don’t mind to stand during the show, I could get the standing tickets which cost less than 10 euros each.
Unlike the other opera I’ve seen, apart from the amazing music, there were many incredible stage effects. My favourite one was a character hanged from the top and sang a really good song upside down. There were also mini fireworks, treadmills in the middle of the stage, fire etc. I really like the two girls duets, but unfortunately, I don’t understand what it was about as they’re all in German.
Since I didn’t really have time to discover this place before the show, during the break time, I quickly walked around this beautiful opera house. Forgive me if I keep repeating myself, Vienna State Opera is like a palace. The Renaissance style architecture, gold paint, statues, grand stairs, finely decorated ceilings, and fancily dressed audience have made the night luxury. Since the 19th century, this place has been bringing people numerous world-class performances and unforgettable memories. Wherever I walked, there were many people with a glass of champagne taking pictures to record their elegant, dreamy musical night.
To sum up, my experience with this opera was absolutely amazing. I love the environment of the opera house. And I really enjoyed the music and all the dramatic effects on the stage. The only downside was that I couldn’t really understand the story of the show since it’s all German and I didn’t want to keep my eyes on the subtitle screen. If I have a chance to visit Vienna again, I’ll definitely go back but probably watch a ballet or orchestra. If you like opera and ballet too, comment and tell me where should I go next!