Repertory is a collection of works or existing productions which are part of the programme of a (music) theatre and can be fallen back on at any time. Depending on the policy of the management and the technical and artistic capabilities of the theatre a repertory theatre offers a succession and combination of different productions within a season without having to release them every time as new premières. This results in a mixture of older and newer productions which are kept at the best possible level thanks to regular rehearsals.
The Wiener Staatsoper cultivates the largest repertory in the world: Every year, the programme includes some 60 operas and ballets. It is the only opera house which is able to offer such exemplary quality and diverse variety of works and styles: from baroque opera to contemporary music theatre, from Wagner to Verdi, from Mozart to Strauss, from classical productions to progressive perspectives. Thus a season of the House on the Ring is always a sort of journey through the history of music, performed by the best artists in the world: from Anna Netrebko to Elīna Garanča, and from Jonas Kaufmann to Plácido Domingo. They are accompanied by the most renowned opera orchestra of the world – the orchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper directed by legendary conductors such as Christian Thielemann or Semjon Bytschkow.
From 1968 to date: As the productions of the Wiener Staatsoper are usually staged over a longer period of time, there is a mixture of older and more recent productions which are kept at the best possible level thanks to regular rehearsals. As a result, the opera-goers have the opportunity to experience styles of different eras and directors, sometimes even in quick succession.