»A Salute To Vienna« is a lavish song and dance gala special produced for the US based channel PBS, featuring superstars of Viennese operetta.

T he special was hosted by world-famous mezzo soprano, Frederica von Stade, and Academy Award-winning actor and Vienna native, Maximilian Schell.

Special guests included The Vienna Boys’ Choir; Russell Watson, Great Britain’s largest-selling, classical-crossover tenor; dancers from the Association of the Vienna State Ballet; the Symphony Orchestra of the Volksoper Vienna under the direction of Strauss conductor Peter Guth; an international cast of top singing stars including sopranos Daniela Fally, Iva Milhanovic and Alexandra Reinprecht; tenors Dmitry Korchak and Tilmann Unger; baritone Daniel Serafin, as well as many leading stars from the acclaimed Budapest Operetta Theater.

Viewers listen to the music of “Waltz King” Johann Strauss Jr. Franz Lehár, Imre Kálmán, Robert Stolz, Carl Zeller, Sigmund Romberg and Giuseppe Verdi., as ballet dancers glide across the stage to the sounds of “The Blue Danube” performed by the Vienna State Ballet and the Symphony Orchestra of the Volksoper, Vienna.

»A Salute To Vienna« was taped live on April 25, 2013, at the Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria and is filled with enchanting moments, including the performance by Frederica von Stade of “Vilja Song” from „The Merry Widow.“ Other highlights include the rousing Strauss “Thunder and Lightning Polka,” the delightful voices of The Vienna Boys’ Choir, and the entire cast performing the finale, “Champagne Is King” from „Die Fledermaus,“ topping off an enthralling evening.


KPBS Public Broadcasting and Attila Glatz Concert Productions.


Tomek Productions was responsible for the TV production, art direction, stage design and lighting of the show.