Vienna State Opera

Country / City: Austria / Vienna
Completion: 2007
Seats: 1,709
Client: Theater Service GmbH
Equipment Delivered: Renovation of parts of the lower stage machinery, new lighting devices, renovation of lighting bridge, CAT-control system

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The imposing building of the Vienna State Opera fascinates with its beautiful architecture millions of tourists and is also impressing the Viennese again and again. Vienna is proud that the Vienna State Opera counts as one of the most remarkable opera houses in Europe. Located at the beautiful “Vienna Ringstreet” the Vienna State Opera is one of the most important landmarks in Vienna. Waagner-Biro Stage Systems is already for decades appreciating the close connection and excellent cooperation with the opera house. After the destruction in World War II Waagner-Biro Stage Systems helped to reconstruct the magnificent building at the Vienna Ringstreet from 1952 to 1955.

Between 1992 and 1996, Waagner-Biro Stage Systems equipped the State Opera with a complete new drive technology. In 2001 the installation of a CAT-v3-control system followed. 2007 Waagner-Biro Stage Systems had again a reason to celebrate. Waagner-Biro Stage Systems was contracted to modernize the control system of the whole lower stage machinery. A year later Waagner-Biro Stage Systems was awarded to enhance the upper stage machinery by installing the CAT-v4-control system.

In fulfilling an annual contract extraordinaire, Waagner-Biro Stage Systems showcases its assembly skills. Every year, for the world-famous Vienna Opera Ball Waagner-Biro Stage Systems transforms the State Opera into the probably most beautiful ballroom in the world. Within just a few hours, dozens of extra opera boxes are installed near the stage to make enough room for this great society event.

At a Glance:

  • 53 fly bars (400 kg; 0 – 1.2 m/s; lift 25.8 m)
  • 24 point hoists (500 kg; 0 – 0.6 m/s)
  • 6 main platforms: 18 m x 3 m; 0.3 m/s; lift: 13.7 m; load 47 t
  • 1 transport platform: 22 m x 3 m; 0 – 0.3 m/s; lift: 11.45 m; 4 t