Wiener Staatsoper CHOir
The choir of the Wiener Staatsoper is considered one of the leading opera choirs in the world. It consist of 92 full-time professional singers, and along with the soloists, orchestra, Ballet and stage hands, they are one of the cornerstones of the Wiener Staatsoper. In addition, the choir members have continuously performed at the Salzburg Festival since 1923 (since 1927 as the “Concert Association of the Wiener Staatsoper”). The choir stands on stage 300 evenings in the year in up to 55 different operas from 3 centuries. The choir has recorded numerous prize winning CDs and DVDs, and regularly take part in acclaimed world-wide concerts as a part of the international tours of the Wiener Staatsoper. In addition, individual members of the choir have regular small solo parts in the performances of the Wiener Staatsoper.
The traditional, unique and highly acclaimed sound and the extensive repertoire of the Staatsoper choir was molded by numerous conductors, (especially through the years of cooperation with the conductor-directors of the house such as Johann von Herbeck, Wilhelm Jahn, Gustav Mahler, Felix von Weingartner, Richard Strauss, Franz Schalk, Clemens Krauss, Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, Lorin Maazel, as well as music directors Claudio Abbado, Seiji Osawa and the former General Music Director, Franz Welser-Möst). Requirements for international auditions for the Staatsoper Choir includes the level of a completed vocal studies as well as the ability to sight sing. Whoever can get through the several audition stages, are then accepted into the choir. Since 2006, Thomas Lang is the choir director.