Different directions

From Baroque opera to audience magnet: The VEREINIGTE BÜHNEN WIEN offer an attractive variety of genres

Three venues each with a rich history, three distinct programme profiles and one common conviction: that music theatre must be an enriching experience. Enriching for the audience with its very special expectations. Enriching for regional and nationwide business. And enriching for the cultural identity of Vienna and its message to the outside world. Specifically over the past years, the celebrated productions staged by the VBW have attained a profile that extends beyond the Austrian borders. In addition to excellent material and inspired artists, this primarily requires inventiveness and courageous specialisation. Until 2005, the THEATER AN DER WIEN was dedicated exclusively to musicals. In the Mozart Anniversary Year 2006, the THEATER AN DER WIEN returned to its originally intended purpose. As a 21st-century stagione opera house, the THEATER AN DER WIEN sets the agenda for an extraordinary programme: a concept comprising operas from Baroque to Contemporary that sets trends across Europe. In parallel with this, the venerable RAIMUND THEATER and the RONACHER – which reopened in 2008 following extensive functional refurbishment – offer glamorous settings for musicals with their capacity to attract large audiences.

Combined strengths

750 employees form the basis of our collective success

It takes concentrated commitment to create a wealth of experiences. This is the reason why the THEATER AN DER WIEN, the RAIMUND THEATER and the RONACHER were brought together in 1987 to operate jointly as the VEREINIGTE BÜHNEN WIEN, a Wien Holding company. Today, around 750 employees – one third of whom are active artists – strive to make every individual evening in the three historic venues an unforgettable cultural encounter. The highest artistic standards and stateof-the-art technical equipment are just as essential as problem-free processes and an efficient organisational structure. These form the best basis for the theatre directors who repeatedly succeed in persuading outstanding performers from all over the world to work in Vienna

Facts and figures

VEREINIGTE BÜHNEN WIEN GmbH operates worldwide as a European player. The combination of the clear programme positioning of the three historic venues and their active production activities makes the VBW an attractive cultural provider for an audience of music enthusiasts both in Austria and abroad. Cost-effective thoughts and actions and a flexible response to ongoing developments are the strategic pillars of the VBW management.



Turnover 2008

about € 65 million

Corporate structure
Owner 97.34 % Wien Holding GmbH
CEO VBW Thomas Drozda
General Artistic Director Roland Geyer | Theater an der Wien
General Artistic Director for musicals Christian Struppeck (design. with 1.5.) | Raimund Theater/Ronacher

Permanent employees
about 750. of which:
58 % technical staff
12% commercial and artistic administration
30% artists and orchestra musicians

Vienna (musical) 500,000 visitors per year
Vienna (opera) 100,000 visitors per year
Abroad (musical) 1 million visitors per year

VBW International GmbH
CEO Thomas Drozda

* As from 2010 the existing company name VBW-Kulturmanagement und VeranstalstungsgesmbH. has been changed to VBW International GmbH.