Vienna Jazz Fest kicks off today

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Culture

Vienna’s Jazz Fest starts today with Bobby McFerrin, best known for his song “Don’t worry, be happy”. The three week festival will take place at various locations and feature artists such as Paolo Conte at the Stadthalle on June, 24 and Bryan Ferry in the Staatsoper from July. Soul legends Charles Bradley and Bobby Womack […]

Milanovic makes job pledge

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Politics

Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic has identified creating jobs as his chief priority. The head of the Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP), who became prime minister of the former Yugoslavian country after the general election last December, said in Vienna yesterday (Thurs) his main goal was to consolidate the Croatian budget and improve its […]

Unanimous praise for State Opera Ball

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Culture

Political leaders and showbiz stars had only kind words about last night’s (Thurs) Opera Ball. Austrian President Heinz Fischer said the event had nothing to do with the corruption scandals former Austrian government ministers, businesspeople and lobbyists are accused of being involved in. A special parliamentary commission headed by Gabriela Moser of the Green Party […]

Nielsen ready for a night at the opera

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Lifestyle

Richard Lugner has praised Brigitte Nielsen as the “nicest Opera Ball guest I have ever had.” The Danish model and actress accepted the 79-year-old Viennese businessman’s invitation to this year’s Viennese State Opera Ball. Around 5,000 people will attend the glamorous event tonight (Thurs). TV channel ORF will screen all the action from the red […]

Netrebko reveals restaurant plans

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Culture

Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott have said they want to open a restaurant. The opera stars told magazine News today (Thurs) that their endeavour will probably take place in the Austrian capital Vienna. “We are of the opinion that other things apart from opera must not be neglected. We will do this out of passion. […]

Ferry sparkles at the opera

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Culture

Bryan Ferry delighted his fans with a superb show at the Vienna State Opera on Sunday. The Roxy Music legend performed at the prestigious venue as part of the Jazz Fest Vienna 2011. Opening his set with “I put a spell on you,” Ferry played all the hits of his career spanning across the decades […]

Ruby focus at harmonic Opera Ball

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Lifestyle

Police said just six people demonstrated against the Vienna State Opera Ball last night (Thurs).Officials in the capital put dozens of anti-riot officers on alert to deter possible demonstrators. Up to 2,000 protesters collided with the police at previous occasions of the pompous event which is regarded as one of the cultural highlights of the […]

Holiday traffic warning announced

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General News

Drivers are being warned of the high possibility of traffic jams at the weekend.Austrian car clubs ÖAMTC and Arbö said today (Thurs) that, especially on Saturday, substantial tailbacks were expected for key routes in Tyrol, Salzburg and Vorarlberg. The organisations explained their predictions were based on the fact that several German regions including Bavaria, Hamburg […]

Opera Ball traffic warning issued

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General News

An important Vienna city centre traffic route will be closed down for three hours tomorrow (Thurs), it has been announced.Motorist association ÖAMTC appealed to drivers today to avoid the area of the State Opera, as the Ringstraße boulevard will be shut down for individual traffic between Schwarzenberg Square and Operngasse from 8pm to 11pm. The […]

Lugner tops media chart

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Lifestyle

A veteran playboy inviting international stars and starlets to the Vienna Opera Ball was mentioned more often in Austrian papers than any of the country’s politicians last week.Political magazine profil reports that Viennese businessman Richard Lugner’s name occurred in Austria’s leading newspapers and magazines 217 times between Monday and Friday of last week. This means […]