Monday, December 16, 2013

The Best Deals in the World


Vienna has such a rich and enormous music history and I am not about to display my ignorance with a critique of the musical experience you can find here. I will say that being able to walk into the impressive Staatsoper ( Vienna State Opera) and listen to one of the finest orchestras and enjoy beautiful operas being performed by some of the best in the world, for €3, ($3.90 US) is mind -blowing. 

Of course you do have to stand, and sometimes wait about an hour to take your position at the standing rails and tie your scarf to hold your spot, but SERIOUSLY, La Boheme,  A Magic Flute, Madam Butterfly, Tristan and Isolde, Fidelio, Marriage of Figaro, Peter Grimes, Un Ballo in Maschera, Barber of Seville etc..:-) Bravo!

A second amazing deal is Sunday Mass at St Augustine's Church, behind the Habsburg Palace, where they have a good sized orchestra and a beautiful choir with special soloists as guests. For music geeks, check out the Sunday program below. Having just a wonderful time in a beautiful city listening to great music. Mozart, Bach, Haydn, Puccini, Verdi etc.. on a budget.

Interior of St. Augustine