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“If anything, go for the music.”

Wiener Royal Orchester
Ranked #218 of 814 things to do in Vienna
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Owner description: The "Vienna Royal Orchestra" presents in the course of the Gala one for Vienna unique selection of "Viennese music", with pieces from Mozart, Strauss, Lanner and Haydn, symbols of an era that filled hearts with emotions, warmness, romance and passion. Accompanied by Vienna opera singers and the Viennese dancers, the audience will be fascinated by this "most charming" music.
Reviewed November 30, 2011

I have to agree with the positives and the negatives of the other reviews listed here. Yes, we were sold on the street. Yes, we could have gotten a better price. Yes, unless you're sitting up near the front or behind rows of folks who are shorter than you, the view you get for the price you pay can be disappointing. Great architecture but it did feel like you were sitting in a gymnasium watching a school performance. A tourist trap? In hindsight, definitely; and upon entering, we felt that we got scammed a little; however...

The performance itself was an intimate one, and a nice introduction to the performing arts scene in Vienna. You get a little bit of everything: an orchestra playing some of the most popular pieces from Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven, and Hayden, an opera solo, an opera duet, a ballet, and a Viennese waltz. But, the stage was too small to accommodate the dancers so their performances looked really silly.

We caught this on our very first night in the city after a long journey, so it was nice to sit back for an evening after dinner and listen to an orchestra (10-piece, I think). They were good. And the acoustics from our middle seats were great. Everything else, was pretty lame for the price. If you do go, try to negotiate the best price you can closest to the front of the house if you want a view. And, anything more than 30 Euro is too much, no matter where you sit. Should you choose not to go, don't worry, you're not missing out.

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Reviewed September 25, 2011

After Purchasing a group of tickets then reading reviews on This site I feared that I had been scammed. Thinking at the very least they had to put on a show I went reluctantly and expecting a hilarious nightmare of a show. I shouldn't have been so worries. Whilst the venue is a little like a school (walked into the back by accident and into a locker room!) the architecture was surroundings were decent if not living up to the brochure or the sales pitch.

I echo what other reviewers have said. The music is fantastic. I have no idea what a real Vienna concert sounds like but if it's better than this I must go to one. Viewing was problematic from the bronze section but that is down to who is sitting in front of you. Even the ballet in the limited space at the front of the stage was decent enough.

Admittedly a few people left after the interval as likely the performance did not live up to their expectations, but put simply if you have no experience of a Vienna concert there are worse ways to spent £19/€22

4  Thank Jing Y
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Reviewed September 10, 2011

A School auditorium (chinesse pre school to be exact) trying to turn into a Viennese concert hall, what a waste of money
I bought the tickets on the street and there WWW so many of them i was sure this is genuine
Avoid, not worth the money nevertheless your precious vacation time

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Reviewed August 21, 2011

First, some Mozart-times style dressed guy approaches you and shows some pictures about the show. You feel like you'll attend a good show in a big auditorium with nice music and good ballet dancers. Then negotiations start, we ended up at 22€ for silver (!) seats but you might get a better or much worse deal. When we arrived at the place, we felt cheated. It is not and auditorium, you can call it a big classroom at best. The stage is so small that ballet dancers almost fell on the musicians. Music, by the way, was not bad. Seats are all at the same level that you will end watching the guy's head in front of you. My biggest mistake was not to check this on TA. I would not recommend this.

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Reviewed July 24, 2011

Mozart and Strauss concert sold by street hawkers in the city is probably not the best value you can get.

However the musicians (10) are very good. The setting is quite impressive - the 'Imperial Room' actually seems to be a school chapel but it is a very impressive school so looks like a gothic hall with vaulted ceiling and colonnade.

The two singers and two dancers provide a smaller role. I think the stage is probably too small to determine whether the dancers are any good or not.

Overall an interesting evening - we enjoyed it. The finale coincided with the fireworks going off in the park next door! The value probably depends on how well you negotiate with the person selling the tickets - the 'free' drinks do exist.

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