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Philharmonic Muzikverein Tickets

Am trying to arrange tickets to a Vienna Philharmonic concert sometime in 2023. My dates are open and can be arranged to accommodate concert dates but it’s clear that single tickets to the Philharmonic are difficult to come by, throughout the season. Has anyone had success in doing this? Suggestions for where to start? I’ve been on the website and it does not seem to show any availability for any date in 2023.

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I bought one ticket for myself in December a few years ago. No problem. It's just too early.

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Way too early right now , keep your eyes open for posting of 2022 - 2023 season , General sale begins August 30 , 2022 look here https://www.musikverein.at/en . Also , don't restrict yourself to Vienna Philharmonic programs . Other fine orchestras like Vienna Symphony , Lower Austria Symphony , and notably this coming season , The HR Symphony ( Frankfurt Radio Symphony ) , will perform there . I have my eyes on the Frankfurt performances for this coming October . This is one of the finest world class ensembles , and if you are unfamiliar with them , listen to a performance here , it will knock your socks off - https://youtu.be/PtY0ujNuAcc The acoustics in the Musikverein are beyond compare , and the detail in orchestral performance there is unmatched

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Thank you both! Actually, the schedule was just posted, but it does not allow for ticket purchases (no active link to purchase). It makes sense, now that I think of it, that they are currently just handling subscription purchases, and will only release single tickets later - our local symphony here in Washington does the same. And thank you for reminding me that, while the Vienna Philharmonic is one of the world's finest (if not the finest), I am particularly interested in hearing a symphonic performance in the Muzikverein, which, I'm told, has wonderful acoustics, and is, of course, a historic and exceptionally beautiful space. So I'll sit tight! Thanks again.

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While you're waiting , this the 2014 Vienna New Year's Concert . It is beautiful and comes from ( as it does every year ) The Musikverein . At 1:15 is Strauss' " Tales from the Vienna Woods " With the original Zither part , the video is from Autumn 2013 , and takes you to The Vienna Woods , and Klosterneuburg Abbey , a worthwhile and easy day trip from the city https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Rey98fAdmE&t=3619s

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Just our experience…

  1. We have entered the lottery for the New Years concert about ten times. We have never “ won”.
  2. We did get tickets to a symphony concert in the Musikverein once. We couldn’t pick our seats. The seats we were assigned were right next to the stage. With our legs jammed up and our only view the conductor’s shoes, we were so uncomfortable that we don’t even remember the music.
  3. We heard the Vienna Phil last month in Berlin. They were just okay. On the other hand we heard the National Youth Orchestra in Baden Baden two weeks later and they were superb. Beyond impressive.
  4. It is definitely memorable to hear a concert at the Musikverein. For sure. Just manage your expectations.
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TravelingMom - thank you for your input. This was my expectation - that single tickets (for the Vienna Phil in the Muzikverein) are not easy to come by. I’m told that subscription holders take most of the better. Seats in the house, but I’d like to give it a shot. I’m more interested in hearing a performance in the Muzikverein than specifically hearing the Vienna Phil (who often come to NYC). Steven’s suggestion that I not be wedded to hearing the Vienna Phil seems like a good idea. When I lived in Holland, many years ago, and wanted to get single tickets (or subscription tickets) to the Concertgebouw Orkest (Bernard Haitink was then the music director) it was the same story - very, very hard to come by. But these things are always worth a try.

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The concert I went to was not the Vienna Philharmonic, and I don't recall offhand what orchestra it was. Like the OP, I was mainly eager to attend a concert in the hall, and chose what was available during my short visit.

I ended up in a seat in the very last row of the main floor and was quite happy with that. I was able the admire nearly the whole hall while listening. A good memory. I will still try yearly for the NY concert, although I have been unsuccessful at least 15 years.

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One other thing to keep in mind - Even if you can't buy a ticket online , showing up at the box office a few days before , or when ever you arrive in Vienna , can sometimes score you a seat . A few years ago we walked in to what appeared to be a sold out performance . Two seats had just come back and the program was Cleveland Orchestra doing Mahler 6 ( Tragic ) . I was in Heaven . ! By the way , the same thing occurred in 2019 at The Volksoper - with a sold out performance of Kander and Ebb's " Cabaret " . Two separate seats , but after 50 years of marriage , my wife and I saw no need to talk during intermission ;-)

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Thank you all - good suggestions all around. Good luck with that NY concert - what a thrill that would be to see in person!

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I’ve purchased standing tickets on the spot for the Musikverein.