The study trips include the State Opera, WUK performing arts, the Center for Music Education (Zentrum für Musikvermittlung, 14th District) and the mdw's center

Experience Vienna's diverse arts scenes!

Friday, Jan 11, 2019

3 o'clock pm

Wiener Staatsoper / State Opera Vienna

Wiener Staatsoper is one of the leading opera houses in the world. Its past is steeped in tradition. Its present is alive with richly varied performances and events. Each season, the schedule features 350 performances of more than 60 different operas and ballets. Every night, you can witness world-class artists alongside the permanent ensemble members on the stage and at the conductor’s desk, accompanied by a unique orchestra: the orchestra of Wiener Staatsoper, whose members at the same time make up the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2013, director Dominique Meyer launched Wiener Staatsoper live at home, a project for digital outreach: It allows opera and ballet lovers all over the world to follow the performances of the Wiener Staatsoper on their digital devices.

Director Dominique Meyer

The son of a diplomat, Dominique Meyer was born in Alsace, France, in 1955 and spent his childhood in France and Germany. In September 2010 he became Director of the Vienna State Opera.

Between 1980 and 1984 Dominique Meyer worked as a commissioner at the French Ministry of Industry, where he was in charge of the departments of electronics and computer industries; he was also involved in the planning and foundation of France’s first CD-factory (the second in the world), the MPO in Averton. From 1984 to 1986 he was an advisor in the cabinet of the Minister of Culture Jack Lang, where he was responsible for the film and cultural industries. From 1986 to 1988 Dominique Meyer was an advisor to the presidents of the Paris Opéra Pierre Viot and Raymond Soubie.

In 1988 he joined the cabinet of the Minister of Culture and Communication with responsibility for film and television. From 1989 to 1990 he was general director of the Paris Opéra (Palais Garnier and Opéra Bastille). In 1991 he became a director in the cabinet of the Ministry of Communications and Media under Minister Catherine Tasca. From 1991 to 1993 he worked as an advisor in the cabinets of Prime Minister Edith Cresson and Pierre Bérégovoy with responsi- bility for the areas of cultural affairs and communications, youth affairs, education and sports. He subsequently held the position of general director of the Lausanne Opera from 1994 to 1999. From 1999 until the end of the 2009/2010 season he was general and artistic director of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.

In the field of dance Dominique Meyer was from 1991 to 2007 president of the Ballet Angelin Preljocaj and was appointed honorary president in 2007.
From 1995 to 1999 he was a member of the board of the Maurice Béjart Ballet in Lausanne as well as of the Prix de Lausanne dance competition. From 2006 to 2010 he was cashier on the board of the Foundation Nureyev.

In the field of music he was president of the French Youth Orchestra from 2001 to 2010, since 2010 he has been the orchestra’s honorary president. From 1995 to 1999 he was a member of the board of directors of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. As treasurer of the ProQuartet he organized chamber music concerts and string quartet performances. He was artistic consultant to Riccardo Muti during the founding of the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini in Piacenza. He is currently on the board of directors of the European Music Theatre Academy (EMA) of the University of Vienna as well as of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP).

In the fields of film and television Dominique Meyer was president of the committee “Tele- vision, drama and music” at the Centre National de la Cinématographie from 2000 to 2003 and is the author and director of the documentary film Eclats de Voix – Schallende Stimmen (Resonant Voices) about Wagner’s Ring-tetralogy, with Pierre Boulez, Patrice Chéreau, Jeffrey Tate, etc.

Furthermore Dominique Meyer was researcher at the Institute of Science and Research at Paris IX Dauphine University from 1979 to 1980, assistant in market economy at Paris XIII University from 1979 to 1982, professor and historian of economics and economic concepts at Paris III University – INALCO from 1980 to 1988, professor of economics at Lyons II University from 1986 to 1988 and lecturer for the course Master Professionel Administration de la musique et du spectacle vivant at the University of Evry, Paris until 2010.

photo credits: Michael Pöhn

WUK performing arts

Performing arts have played an important role in the cultural program of the WUK since its beginnings in the 1980s. Back then, the WUK was almost the only space for free experimentation for the Austrian dance, dance theater and performance scene, then still in its infancy; and it continues to be a special venue and trusted partner to a lively and internationally established professional scene in the field of contemporary performing arts for a Vienna audience.

WUK performing arts showcases interdisciplinary formats that oscillate between dance, theater, performance, fine art, choreography, text and video and promotes special long term partnerships to artists that create durational interactive participatory performances as an invitation to the audience. WUK performing arts has a reputation for risk-taking, for experiment, for trust in the unknown. Whether through co-productions, guest performances or formats created specifically for WUK performing arts, it offers local and international artists time, space, publicity and support to develop and realize their projects.

WUK performing arts cooperates with various local and international institutions, e.g. with the “European Theatre Night”, with the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (University Course of Applied Dramaturgy), with the Opera House of Dortmund, with the “Dramaturgical Society – Austria”.


WUK performing arts follows its self-definition to be an art-producing-institution that establishs with its program and its partners a combination of making art and doing that in awareness of being part of the cities’ social life. Because of its program and special formats as “PCCC* - Political Correct Comedy Club”, performative partys as “Gender Crash” and “The Anti Valentines Ball” WUK performing arts became home to special interest groups and communities, e. g. the queer feminist community.

Through its WUK performing arts club, WUK performing arts invites anyone interested to a continuous, theoretical and practical engagement with the diversity of today’s performative arts. This combination of being at the forefront of artistic innovation and doing profound Art Education is unique. Together with a quarterly brochure, which not only documents the program, but gives an insight of the artistic approaches of each artist working at WUK, WUK performing arts always tries to invite people of the city to feel themselves as an important part of the art production, because the art we do is nothing without an audience. 

Esther Holland-Merten, Artistic Director

Ulli Koch, PR & Marketing

Saturday, Jan 12, 2019

2.30 o'clock pm


The center at the mdw

Mission Statement

Austria was the home of many of Hitler’s most important musical victims, the best known of whom have already become established culturally historic figures. Yet others still await their discovery or, more often, their re-discovery. Gaping holes exist where they have not been incorporated into rightful positions within Austrian musicology or performance-practice. operates as a centre for the reception, preservation and research of Austrian composers, performers, musical academics and thinkers who, during the years of the ‘Third Reich’ were branded as ‘degenerate’. Only within recent decades has Austria started to address this issue. The assessment and restitution of such a multi-facetted cultural inheritance, extending from the 19th century through, operetta, film music and ‘chanson’, cabaret, and the developments of the ‘Second Viennese School’, ‘Jugendstil’, ‘New Objectivity’ and much more is an enormous, multi-disciplinary undertaking.’s purpose is to restore these important missing links to the chain of Austrian music history.

Zentrum für Musikvermittlung

The Zentrum für Musikvermittlung Wien 14 (ZMV14), (namely: The centre for music education Vienna 14) is an educational and cultural institute in the 14th district, which was founded by Nicole Marte in 2010. At that time, there were no music schools in this district despite its 85,000 inhabitants.
The institute focuses on three main goals: lessons, concerts and projects. Beside the music classes for every age and every level, many concerts, educational projects and outreach are organized. The teaching program offers private lessons (including strings, brass, keyboards, plucked instruments, drums and singing) as well as group lessons (including music teaching, parent child group, early musical education, choir for every age level [starting age 4], ensembles, bands, orchestra, etc.). ZMV14 currently has 800 students.

Arts & Citizenship

ZMV14 originates in the citizens’ initiative Verein zur Gründung einer Musikschule in Penzing, (namely: Association for the foundation of music school in Penzing). Between 2000 and 2010 many actions were organized with the aim to raise awareness among municipal politicians for the right to develop a cultural identity. This right, which includes musical education, was identified as a fundamental human right by UNESCO in 1998. Since the city of Vienna does not guarantee the full coverage of musical education, civil society has to fill in.

Pùnktititi - Mozart für Kinder, (namely: Punktiti – Mozart for children)  has been the biggest Viennese Musical education project sofar. It ran in 2006 in the outer suburb in the North of Vienna. Nicole Marte took an essential part in this project. It became clear that it had to be the aim of a modern music school to reach all children and teenagers, also those who come from less educated, financially disadvantaged or migrant families.

ZMV14 has to provide for itself.  Public funding is not sufficient to cover the center’s important goals: to provide education for everybody independently of one´s income as well as to enable steady employments for teachers. Furthermore, a fair reward for the leading team with respect to the effort and performance cannot be raised. Management and organization of ZMV14 (consisting of 800 students and 40 teachers) is carried out mostly voluntarily and based on the engagement of the district’s inhabitants.

Nicole Marte, Founder and Artdirector, Chairlady of the Association (till October 2018)
Catharina Frey-Duisberg, Chairlady of the Association (since October 2018) Freunde des Zentrums für Musikvermittlung
Thomas Ladstätter, Representative of the Association, Eventmanagement

photo credit: Udo Mittelberger