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Artist uses robots to create same picture in three different countries

An Austrian artist on Thursday drew three pictures simultaneously in three European capitals thanks to two robots copying his every movement in real time in Britain and Germany. Alex Kiessling worked in Vienna while a pair of orange industrial robots in London’s Trafalgar Square and Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz drew exactly the…

Vienna Opera director is hospitalized after collapsing during performance

Vienna Opera’s musical director Franz Welser-Moest collapsed while conducting a Wagner opera after suffering a severe attack of lumbago when he raised his baton, the prestigious opera house said on Monday. The 52-year-old slumped onto his conductor’s podium Sunday at the end of the first act of the 4.5-hour long…

Vienna Philharmonic admits sending Jewish musicians to their deaths in Hitler’s camps

On the 75th anniversary of Austria’s Anschluss with Germany, the famous orchestra is giving up dark secrets about its past On 23 March 1938, the violinist Viktor Robitsek received a curt note from the management of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra. It told him he was being fired. Robitsek’s “crime” had…

Former head of Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was Nazi paramilitary

A former head of Vienna’s prestigious Philharmonic Orchestra was a member of Nazi Germany’s elite paramilitary SS and collaborated with the secret police, while half of its musicians were members of the Nazi party, historians have said. Helmut Wobisch, a member of the Nazi party since 1933 when it was…

Vienna taxi drivers under surveillance

VIENNA — In “The Third Man”, the 1949 film classic, a taxi hurtles hero Holly Martins through the bombed-out streets of Vienna, the surly driver screeching around corners with no regard for his passenger. Fast-forward to 2012 and the World War II bomb damage may be gone from the Austrian…

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