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Was Freddie Mercury a better singer than Pavarotti?
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A study of the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s vocal ability has revealed the tricks behind his “eccentric and flamboyant” style of singing, according to researchers in Vienna.

Vienna Prater celebrates 250 years as public park
Waltzing in the Prater. Photo: Paul Gillingwater

Vienna's Wurstelprater amusement park kicked off on Saturday a series of celebrations for its 250th anniversary with a flower parade and traditional costumes.

Tickets on sale for HIV Red Ribbon Concert
Red Ribbon Concert

Tickets for the Red Ribbon Concert hosted by the Life Ball and taking place in Vienna in June have gone on sale this week.

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Spear of Destiny purloined by masked man
The Holy Lance, displayed in the Imperial Treasury at the Hofburg Palace. Photo: Gryffindor/Wikimedia

The ‘Spear of Destiny’ believed by many to have pierced the side of Jesus while he was on the cross has been stolen from a museum in Vienna.

Syrian actor's real-life drama has happy ending
Johnny Mhanna performing at the Schauspielhaus in Vienna in "Die Schutzbefohlenen" ("The Protégés") based on a play by Austrian Nobel Prize Laureate Elfriede Jelinek. Photo: UNHCR/Mark Henley

Johnny Mhanna was only eight years old when his aunt took him to the theatre in Damascus in 1999. It was the beginning of a lifelong passion for drama and acting.

Nazi-era building filled with sharks in Vienna
Costa Rican hammerhead shark. Photo: Barry Peters - Flickr

Austrian city planners unable to knock down the huge concrete flak towers built by the Nazis have solved the problem with one of them, by filling it with hammerhead sharks.

Baroque music luminary Harnoncourt dead
Nikolaus Harnoncourt died at the age of 86 late 05 March 2016, according to media reports. Photo: EPA/EDDY RISCH

Celebrated Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, considered to be the "pope" of the Baroque music revival, died Saturday aged 86, three months after announcing his retirement, his family announced.

Balthus show urged to add warning about nude images
Detail from a painting by Balthus. Image: Kunstforum Wien

The organisers of an exhibition by controversial French artist Balthus are being urged to distance themselves from his pictures of nude young girls by offering a warning to visitors.

Vienna gallery shows convicted vandal's graffiti
Puber left his mark around Vienna. Photo: HO GALLERY

The work of a notorious graffiti tagger and convicted vandal is being exhibited in a Vienna gallery as ‘art’.

Premiere of long-lost Mozart cantata
Vasiliy Shkafer as Mozart and Fyodor Shalyapin as Salieri. Photo: Russian Private Opera, 1898

Lost for over 200 years, a cantata co-written by classical maestros Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri rang out in public for the first time Tuesday, shedding new light on their reputed intense rivalry.

Zoë: in the footsteps of Conchita
Photo: ORF/Milenko Badzic

Austria has selected its latest act for Eurovision 2016.

Long-lost Mozart score found in Prague
Vasiliy Shkafer as Mozart and Fyodor Shalyapin as Salieri. Photo: Russian Private Opera, 1898

A long-lost collaborative effort between composers and putative rivals Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri has been found at a Czech museum, its spokeswoman said Friday.

Austrian museum seeks sponsors to save damaged art
Detail from Gustav Klimt's Death and Life. Photo: Leopold Museum,

Would you pay to see art that's broken, mouldy or eaten by worms?

Poking fun at our foibles through stand-up
Patrick Lamb. Photo: Stefan Nützel

British Patrick Lamb lives and works in Vienna as a stand-up comedian. He spoke to The Local about life as an English language comic in the Austrian capital.

Oscars 2016
Live-action short takes student director to Oscars
Simon Schwarz in Alles wird gut. Photo: Patrick Vollrath

An Austrian-German student film has been nominated for the "best live action short film" Oscar by the jury – placing it alongside blockbuster movies and A-list actors.

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