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In two concerts, the venerated Wiener Symphoniker honoured its heritage with a gala concert dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Franz Lehár, the king of Viennese operetta, while embarking upon another grand era with an inaugural concert led by its new music director, Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

Wiener Symphoniker


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An exuberant celebration of the grand Viennese tradition
The Silver Age and the New Prospect of the Wiener Symphoniker

Crafted and honed by legendary conductors including Furtwängler, Karajan, Sawallisch and Giulini, the Wiener Symphoniker boasts 120 years of rich cultural heritage and musical excellence along with an impressive catalogue of recordings. To this day, the orchestra remains a cherished institution in Vienna and around the world. 

Recalling the glamorous Silver Age of waltzes and operettas, the orchestra celebrated the 150th anniversary of Franz Lehár with a tribute to The Merry Widow, Land of Smiles and other memorable works. At Theater an der Wien where these mesmerising tunes began life, the sensational and magnetic Piotr Beczała headed a stellar lineup, including the phenomenal soprano Camilla Nylund and maestro Manfred Honeck, who has been awarded Artist of the Year in the 2018 International Classical Music Awards.

With Andrés Orozco-Estrada as its new music director, the Wiener Symphoniker launched a grand new chapter with this festive programme of Viennese works in its 2020/21 Inaugural Concert. Ein Heldenleben embeds the signature Viennese sound of the ensemble and its mastery of the repertoire of Richard Strauss. Lyric soprano Christiane Karg joins the orchestra in excerpts from Korngold’s Einfache Lieder, as well as the ever-popular Marietta’s Lied from his opera Die tote Stadt.

Mar 4-7

Carlijn Metselaar
Fanfare: Vorfreude (World Premiere)

Excerpts from Sechs Einfache Lieder, Op 9 

“Glück das mir verblieb” from the opera Die tote Stadt, Op 12

Soprano: Christiane Karg

Richard Strauss
Ein Heldenleben, Op 40

Conductor: Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Approx 1 hr 30 mins

Mar 18-21

World Premiere Screening of The Beautiful Melodies of Franz Lehár, featuring excerpts from The Merry Widow, Land of Smiles and other favourites

Conductor: Manfred Honeck
Soprano: Camilla Nylund
Tenors: Piotr Beczała, Michael Schade

Approx 1 hr 15 mins