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Vienna Opera standing room tickets

My wife and I are planning on getting the standing room tickets for the Opera to experience the event. Is there a particular dress code that is required for either male or female?

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I've never specifically attended the Vienna State Opera, but in other operas in Europe, there is no dress code. Simply wear what you find comfortable and appropriate.

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No particular dress code. People do dress up, esp some of the Asian tourists! But so long as you are clean and tidy, no one will be bothered.

Also, if you have some small binoculars, it's worth taking them.

Enjoy!

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When I attended the opera back in october, there were a few standing room folks wearing sweat pants. So anything goes i guess.

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I'm a regular SF opera-goer, always wear a nice dress and heels, so when I attended an opera in Prague last year it was actually quite painful to go wearing my jeans--no one looked askance at me, and I certainly wasn't the only one dressed that way, but I felt scroungy, even though they were worn with a heeled boot and attractive jacket.

In May I am going to see Otello at the glorious Budapest Opera, and another night I'll see a play at the Operett, so have decided it's well worth the extra 2.5 lbs to bring the nice jersey dress and heels. So, yes, you can attend operas and theatre shows anywhere in anything you want, but only you can decide if you'll be comfortable.

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I agree with Perry about bringing a scarf to mark your place. The Opera staff will confront people who try take a spot that has been marked by a scarf. BUT, unless you're one of the very first people to show up, you will have a very crappy seat to a fabulous opera. The seats that we purchased were directly in front of some of the SR seats and we could only see half of the stage. I regret that we didn't buy more expensive seats to this once in a lifetime experience. With hindsight, the extra Euros for a better seat would have been money well spent.

We went to the opera in Vienna on the next to the last night of our trip. Honestly, I did feel a little grubby in my "good" jeans and nice top. On the other hand, I didn't want to lug around anything nicer for just one night. With that said, the performance that we attended started at 4:00, and the people in evening gowns looked more out of place than the people in jeans.

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In May I am going to see Otello at the glorious Budapest Opera, and
another night I'll see a play at the Operett, so have decided it's
well worth the extra 2.5 lbs to bring the nice jersey dress and heels.
So, yes, you can attend operas and theatre shows anywhere in anything
you want, but only you can decide if you'll be comfortable.

Christa Thank You!!!!!

But what is more important, you being comfortable or those around you being comfortable? No, not directed at you. I understand you completely and I bet you will look amazing and be the perfect guest in the Home of the Hungarians.

I go to the Opera in Budapest twice a year on average. The locals are generally very well dressed. Even the old pensioners pull out the suit they purchased in 1958, brush it off and wear it with pride. I love the blue haired old ladies in the ratty old minks from days gone past. On the other hand the tourist tend not to be as well dressed. My philosophy is that of a guest in someones home. I try and show respect accordingly. Mama said you can never over dress, but the opposite ain't true.

One good compromise is to go to the matinee show or just take a tour of the opera in the afternoon.

Yes, the cheap seats by the very nature of the clientele (mostly tourists) are less formal. Not that it was necessarily intended to be less formal it might have just reached that point. I always try and weigh my "wants" against what I believe to be most respectful. For me it's never a matter of "what I can get away with".

In Budapest you unnecessarily miss a great cultural experience by purchasing the cheap seats. To fit in, to be mainstream all it takes for her is a simple dress and for him a sports coat and tie for most performances. I have one of those miracle fabric coats that doesn't wrinkle that has lots of inside pockets and I wear it when traveling to carry tickets, maps, etc. Better than the old khaki travel vests, so you can do it if you get creative.

In Budapest the best seats in the house are only about $45. Buy months in advance as they sell quickly.

Take a look at the dress of those attending:

http://www.worldwideticketing.com/images/opera-ballet/hungarian-state-opera/hall.jpg

http://image.shutterstock.com/z/stock-photo-budapest-hungary-october-grand-lobby-at-hungarian-royal-opera-house-neo-renaissance-204939433.jpg

http://image.shutterstock.com/z/stock-photo-vienna-austria-january-viena-state-opera-house-interior-before-first-performance-of-the-year-24415396.jpg

and my favorite (because I am in the photo) but this isn't a typical night and required packing more than usual.

http://static.origos.hu/s/img/i/1602/20160206magyar-allami-operahaz-shakespeare-estely46.jpg

Look carefully in the photos and you can find exceptions; but that's what they are: "exceptions". As a guest I always try and do better.

Christa, make sure you have your tickets asap. Buy them direct and not through a broker. Get the best you can afford. Call Callas Café next door to the Opera and tell them you want dinner after the Opera. Outside if the weather is good. I think I already told you this about the Operett (love the Operett), but if you get one of the first couple of boxes right or left of center you will get an intermission invite to the parlor to share a table for conversation, Champaign and hors d'oeuvres. Great way to meet Hungarians and learn from each other.

I've been the Estates and State Opera in Prague and I will have to admit that with so many tourists in both places any attempt at a dress code would be futile. Some day the same will hold true for Budapest I suppose.

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James--after we discussed the opera about a month ago I bought tickets for both, the Opera on jegymester from the official site and Operett from their site--no cheap seats left, and I wouldn't have chosen them, anyway, most boxes taken or with 1 remaining seat that had partial view--and for the Opera I'm in the 15th row and that was about $55 US.

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I sure hope you have a good time. I think its a wonderful way to immerse yourself into something that is still important in the culture.

G-d Bless and Safe Travels......

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We didn't see any requirements on dress code. Last September, we attended a ballet at the Opera House - loved it! My husband wore black pants and a black jersey golf shirt. I wore black pants with a black cardigan & bright scarf. We saw a few people in formal gowns, others mostly dresses & outfits similar to ours. And, a few who would have been turned away from nice restaurants. Since we both bring a pair of long pants for our trips, we weren't packing anything beyond our normal travel attire.