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2025 – Vienna in Strauss and bliss

Vienna celebrates 200 years of Johann Strauss – from January 1 to December 31, 2025 – with a premiere every week. From ten different genres, indoors and open air. At venues such as the Musikverein, Konzerthaus, Theater an der Wien, Volksoper and State Opera. But also in surprising places in all 23 districts, such as the Central Cemetery, at the Danube Island Festival or at the Open Air in the Sky.
The great Viennese orchestras and contemporary artists celebrate with us. 

Let‘s do Strauss

You can expect traditional Viennese Johann Strauss music as well as contemporary experiments. For example, you can look forward to AI composition in collaboration with Ars Electronica Linz. Another focus is on cultural mediation, such as through the collaboration with SUPERAR throughout the festival year.

With this enormous range of themes, artistic performances and city-wide events, we celebrate the diversity and cultural vibrancy of Vienna, where Strauss comes into its own 365 days a year.

© Christian Stemper

PUR - VIENNA IN MY MIND

Original Strauss music in top-class concerts. This pillar provides the nucleus of the entire festive year and demonstrates the uniqueness of Johann Strauss’ timeless compositional art: pure, unedited in its magnificent orchestration, its enchanting melodies that continue to inspire new enthusiasm throughout the world to this day.

March 29/30, 2025 | Musikverein Vienna
Operetta pastiche with Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Christian Thielemann, tenor Piotr Beczała, and others.

MIX - REJOICE IN LIFE

Distilled, edited and reassembled: Take Strauss’ music, his operettas and themes from his art and life and build something completely new from them or around them. So on Bat Day, you have the chance to immerse yourself in the world of bats. Strauss will present this exciting mix to a wide audience at the Danube Island Festival.

From February 15, 2025 | Dianabad
World premiere with theater ensemble Nesterval, based on Donauwalzer and operetta Fürstin Ninetta

© Alexander Müller

OFF INCREASED PULSE

Here we catapult Strauss’ music into completely new dimensions: Inspired by his operetta characters, for example, there is a light installation around his monument in the Stadtpark. We track him down in his grave and lure him above ground with a happening. This extraordinary whirl of wild spin-offs opens up spaces beyond the usual theater and concert business.  

 

From March 21, 2025 | Stadtpark 
Light installation with 7 female roles from Strauss operettas  

Special themed days also make Strauss accessible to the whole family – and with a low threshold. Examples include Danube Waltz Day 

Why Vienna?

  • City and world famous
  • Viennese & cosmopolitan
  • Boundless enthusiasm
  • Danube waltz: Vienna’s anthem
  • “Die Fledermaus”: top operetta
  • Melodies for millions
  • Music: Beginning and end of the year
  • Viennese waltz: Worldwide & at home
  • Vienna: Unique through Strauss Music: joie de vivre & festive mood
  • Anniversary year: Join in & be amazed
An der schönen blauen Donau - von Herwig Zens
‘The Blue Danube’ by Herwig Zens (1943-2019) / Photo: Herbert Stadler With kind permission of Dr. Gerda Zens
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Gesangswettbewerb 200 Jahre Strauss MUT-Special Edition

Ziel des europaweiten Wettbewerbs ist es, Talente für das Operettengenre zu finden und zu fördern, offen für alle  Sänger*innen und Musicaldarsteller*innen mit Operetteninteresse.

from A to Z

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Roland Geyer

Intendant & Artistic Director

“In 2025, we will honor hope and cohesion with Johann Strauss’ lively music.His complete works, spanning the year from New Year to New Year’s Eve, will inspire joy and let Vienna shine culturally. The Strauss festival year is based on four pillars: a variety of new events as a tribute to Vienna, the artistic range of Strauss, sustainable value creation in art, business and tourism. By opting for the international spelling of his name, we are positioning Vienna as a vibrant world cultural metropolis.”

If you have any questions or suggestions, you can reach us at our contact address: kontakt@jost25.at 

About Johann.Strauß-Festjahr2025 GmbH

The city of Vienna founded Johann.Strauß-Festjahr2025 GmbH as a company of Wien Holding in late July, 2022. Under the artistic direction of Roland Geyer a creative team is conceiving, inspiring and coordinating a series of festivals centring on the life and works of Johann Strauss for all Viennese and their guests.

Johann Strauss Team

Artistic Director

Roland Geyer

Intendant &
Künstlerischer Geschäftsführer

Roland Geyer

Commercial Director

Simon Posch

Curation & Project Management

for concert (from classical to electronic music), music theatre, dance, literature, drama, exhibition, performance, installation, film & TV, immersive & digital arts, science, education & outreach, art in public space, open-air events

Amanda Augustin, Karin Bohnert,
Elisabeth Geyer, Marie Huber,
Sarah Scherer, Teresita Traun, Christoph Zauner

Coordination & Operations Management

Britta Kampert

Office

Elke Voglmayr

Marketing & Head of Public Relations

Jacqueline Haberl

Finance & Controlling

Miriam El Sayed 

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