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 MusikTheater 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

Offers for families & friends:


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

To support you in passing on and conveying the joy of musical theater to your students, we offer free preparatory workshops for teachers in cooperation with the Vienna Department of Education. With exciting inputs and interactive suggestions for the classroom, the preparation and follow-up of the family opera with your students becomes very easy. The coaching sessions are held separately for elementary and secondary school teachers.


  • Registration & Contact:
    T: +43 1 58830-2008

    The venue will be announced upon registration.


    For elementary school teachers

    TUESDAY, 04.10.2022 2-4 PM
    TUESDAY, 08.11.2022 2-4 PM
    TUESDAY, 15.11.2022 5-7 PM
    MONDAY, 28.11.2022 2-4 PM
    MONDAY, 05.12.2022 2-4 PM


    For lower secondary school teachers

    TUESDAY, 08.11.2022 5-7 PM
    TUESDAY, 15.11.2022 2-4 PM
    MONDAY, 28.11.2022 5-7 PM
    MONDAY, 05.12.2022 5-7 PM

TaWumm! Patenklassen

Workshops from September to December
TaWumm! Patenklassen

TaWumm! Patenklassen learn about the world of musical theater with a focus on family opera in workshops from October to December. Staff from the MusikTheater an der Wien come to the schools, but the students also visit the MusikTheater an der Wien and its various departments (make-up, sound, costume, etc.). Together, we feel our way around the play Amahl und die nächtlichen Besucher, and in December we go to a performance of the family opera as already experienced "music theater professionals."


How do you become a TaWumm! Patenklasse?
Classes from 1st to 4th grade in elementary and lower secondary schools can apply. We are looking forward to a TaWumm! video message from the class in which the students show/say/dance/play in the most creative way possible why they want to become a TaWumm! Patenklasse.


Registration deadline: September 15, 2022

Info & Registration:
Barbara Hellmayr
T: +43 1 58830-2008
Registration at


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,- 




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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