Vienna State Opera brings live streaming to China

By Zhang Kun in Shanghai ( ) Updated: 2016-03-23 15:09:47

The Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper) of Austria, a "flagship" of the classical music scene of Austria as well as Europe, announced the launch of its Live at Home program for China on March 17.

One of the largest platforms for live streamed music, Wiener Staatsoper's Live at Home brings opera performance to people all over the world, and enables users to watch live performances via Internet.

Subscribers to the program can toggle freely between the total view of the stage, and close-ups of the actors.

Program head Christopher Widauer was in China recently to participate in the 2016 China Theater Innovation Summit — and to introduce the Live at Home program to China. He says he hopes to work with a number of China's theaters and opera houses to “help them, with our technology and consulting, to build similar programs as ours, to present live streaming of their performances”.

Through partnerships and collaborations, outstanding contents from China’s theaters could be able to go live-streaming on international platforms such as that of the Vienna State Opera.

The Live at Home program began in 2013, and has made nearly 100 opera and ballet performances from the opera house available online, payable in live as well as in on-demand streaming.

People can visit the website (, and enjoy a free subscription to the live streaming for a month. After that, the monthly subscription will cost 15 euro net, and 150 euro for a year.

All the content has subtitles in German and English, and with the number of Chinese subscribers growing, Chinese subtitles will be available very soon, Widauer assures.


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