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Ballet: Giselle

Booking Confirmation by email

Ticket pick-up at the evening box office

Run time: 2hrs 00min, 1 intermission

Considered the quintessential Romantic ballet, Giselle has remained a standard in the classical repertory since its premiere in 1841 in Paris. The story is based on a legend in which the ghosts of unmarried girls seek revenge on the living. The ballet’s combination of dramatic acting, virtuoso technique and ethereal beauty continues to mesmerize audiences around the world.

After booking online, you will receive two emails: a Booking Request email will arrive immediately and a second, separate email with your Booking Confirmation will arrive within 48 hours.

We recommend arriving at least 30 min prior to curtain time. Please bring your printed Booking Confirmation to the Evening Box Office in the foyer of the Opera House. The evening box office opens one hour before curtain.

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Public transport:

Underground: U1, U2, U4 – Stop at KARLSPLATZ
Trams: 1, 2, D, 62, 71 – Stop at OPERNRING

After the performance taxis will drive up to the main entrance.

French composer Adolphe Adam (1803 –1856) was a popular writer of ballet and opera music, producing over 80 operatic stage works in the course of his career. Today he is best known for his ballets Giselle (1841) and Le corsaire (1856), and the Christmas carol Minuit, chrétiens! (1844), later set to different English lyrics and widely sung as "O Holy Night".

Jean Coralli (1779 – 1854) and Jules Perrot (1810 –1892) choreographed the original version of Giselle. It is, however, Marius Petipa’s revival of Giselle from the 1884 that has become the “traditional” version.

Librettists Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges (1799 –1875) and Théophile Gautier (1811 –1872) took their inspiration for the scenario from Heinrich Heine’s De l'Allemagne, and from Victor Hugo’s poem Fantômes.