Welcome to the family opera!


From now on, every year at Christmas time, music theater for young & all will take place on the big stage of the Theater an der Wien. With a top-class cast of internationally renowned singers, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Boys' Choir, artistic director Stefan Herheim declares family opera a top priority in the 22/23 season: he directs the one-hour opera Amahl und die nächtlichen Besucher himself. A touching Christmas story about the boy Amahl, his family and friends.


The family opera focuses on stories that are familiar to all generations, with humor thrown in for good measure. Our productions offer first experiences with musical theater for children and sensual theater experiences for all.

  • Mädchen © Lisa Edi


until 16 years: € 15,–

until 19 years: € 20,–

family ticket: € 99,–

(4 persons incl. 1 person under 19 years)

For group requests please contact:

Teacher coaching for the family opera

Workshops from October to December

Teachers' coaching for the family opera

In order to support you in passing on and conveying the joy of musical theater to your students, we offer preparatory workshops for teachers in cooperation with the Bildungsdirektion Wien. With exciting inputs and interactive suggestions for the classroom, the preparation and follow-up of the family opera with your students will be very easy.

For teachers at primary and lower secondary level

TaWumm! Patenklassen

Workshops from September to December

TaWumm! Patenklassen

The TaWumm! Patenklassen learn with all their senses about the many facets of musical theater with a focus on family opera. Theater an der Wien staff members come to the schools, but the students also visit rehearsals and various departments (make-up, sound, costume, etc.) of the theater.

Family & Friends Matinee

December 04, 2022 11:00 am

Family & Friends Matinee

Meet Amahl and the Three Kings in person before the premiere? Hear from director Stefan Herheim what a hospital bed does on stage? Listen to the songs and sing along with the professionals? During a visit to the family matinee we will get to know the touching story about Amahl and feverishly await the premiere together with the stars on and behind the stage. An interactive matinee for young & all.

Bookable at the price of € 5,- (from June 15, 2022)

Family & Friends Introductions

30 minutes before the performance

Family & Friends Introductions

You have no idea what Amahl und die nächtlichen Besucher are all about? We are happy to start a conversation with young & all about the family opera half an hour before each performance begins.

Family & Friends Workshops

December 17 & 18, 2022

Family & Friends Workshops

Marvel, discover, experience. That's the motto of the various workshops on Amahl for young & old, which will take place throughout the MUSEUMSQUARTIER on the Family & Friends weekend. We will get to know the characters, the content and the music of the production Amahl und die nächtlichen Besucher from the most diverse perspectives. It should be colourful, sonorous and touching. It's hard to decide which workshop to take part in!

Detailed information on the workshops will be available in autumn 2022

Amahl und die nächtlichen Besucher

From December 15, 2022 at MuseumsQuartier | Halle E

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