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.
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
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
- 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
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
The Nazis erased his Jewish roots from his family history.
was Johann Strauss’s favourite game.
From 1885, Johann Strauss was a citizen of Coburg.
was something he couldn’t do.
ERDÄPFELNUDELN MIT WEINBERLN
Potato fingers with raisins were his favourite food.
he never went to the theatre or the opera.
GÖTTIN DER VERNUNFT
The Goddess of Reason was his last operetta.
Strauss had a fear of illnesses of all kinds.
Indigo and the Forty Thieves was his first operetta.
JEAN / SCHANI
was his nickname, from the French “Jean” for Johann.
KAISER FRANZ JOSEPH
had the same tailor as the waltz king.
He wrote suggestive letters to his sister-in-law.
Johann Strauss had no children of his own, but adopted Alice Meyszner, the daughter of Adele, his third wife, from her first marriage.
He was plagued by numerous fears: of poverty, thunderstorms, travelling by train, going blind, heights and germs.
Ritter Pásmán was his only opera.
He died of pneumonia in 1899 in the Wieden district of Vienna.
The Fledermaus-Quadrille i is the highlight
of every ball event to this day.
He died his hair jet-black.
He hated fine weather, found sunshine “repellent”
and never went for walks.
TIME AND TIME AGAIN
the New Year’s concert draws huge audiences around the world.
UNSTOPPABLE COMPOSING MACHINE
He composed day and night, fuelled by red wine and cigars.
„VON SCHÖNAU, EDLER“
His friends gave him this imaginary title to please him.
“WHAT HAVE I GOT TO DO WITH ME?”
He refused to read his own biography.
The cartoons he liked to sketch included pornographic images.
The playlist “The Best of Strauss” has 15 million hits.
He only ever attended one funeral: his own at Vienna’s Central Cemetery.
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.”
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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
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
Marketing & Head of Public Relations
Finance & Controlling
Miriam El Sayed