Opera in the middle of nature.
Culture and Art in southern Burgenland.
Tradition and Modernity
One of the most beautiful and romantic places in southern Burgenland is Tabor Castle in Neuhaus am Klausenbach. It lies in the middle of the rolling hillsiedes of the trilateral nature park Raab-Örség-Goricko, in the border triangle Austria-Hungary-Slovenia and is one of the oldest buildings in the district Jennersdorf.
The construction type goes back to Hussite fortifications in the Czech city of Tábor. The later Tabor Castle was first mentioned in 1469. In the course of his feud against Emperor Friedrich III. the noble mercenary leader Ulrich Pesnitzer build a provisional weir, but it did not endure long. The castle in its current form was built in the 17th century, when the powerful Hungarian noble family Batthyány came into the possession of the dominion Neuhaus. Among them, Tabor became the seat of the manorial estate administration, while the family mostly stayed in Vienna or on one of their other estates. At the end of the Second World War, the castle briefly served as a tank workshop for Soviet troops before it was finally converted into a residential building. Tabor remained family-owned by the Batthyánys until 1992.
After being taken over by the Nature Park Raab, the castle was expanded into an opera venue under the direction of JOPERA jennersdorf and is now used all year round for cultural events. From 2017 the castle was owned by the non-profit EFIS Foundation and since 2019 it has been owned by the state of Burgenland. Various events such as "Advent at Tabor Castle", the children's and youth projects and the historical exhibition are still being continued by the "KulturRaum Schloss Tabor" association (formerly JOPERA jennersdorf). The operas / operetta performances, which take place every year in August, were taken over by the KBB - Kultur-Betriebe Burgenland GmbH in 2020 together with the JOPERA brand.
jOPERA jennersdorf Festival summer
JOPERA has made it a principle to convey classical music at the highest level. The audience-oriented directing art, the personal setting, the unique atmosphere and the very good acoustic conditions make JOPERA unique and unmistakable within the Austrian festival landscape.
Mag. Dietmar Kerschbaum started the opera project at Tabor Palace in 2003 with the founding of the "Cultural Autumn Jennersdorf". The decisive factor for him was the impressive acoustics in the courtyard of the castle and his claim to convey opera at the highest level and bring it to the region. The first, still concert operatic performance "The Magic Flute" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was already successful in the founding year 2003.
Since the "Cultural Autumn Jennersdorf" was founded, the year-round program at Tabor Castle has expanded considerably. For this reason, a contemporary brand was created in 2007 with JOPERA in order to strengthen the specialization in the outdoor opera segment at the highest level and to illustrate the increasing success of the public. In 2020, the JOPERA brand was taken over by KBB - Kultur-Betriebe Burgenland GmbH.
Three Castles Tour
3 castles - 2 countries - 1 story
The three castles Tabor, Grad and Murska Sobota are among the great historical monuments of the Jennersdorf and Pomurje region. Starting from the respective castle, the "Three Castles Tour" leads to historically important places, extraordinary places and beautiful destinations of the region.
Contact & Info
KBB – Kultur-Betriebe Burgenland GmbH
c/o JOPERA Jennersdorf
A-8385 Neuhaus am Klausenbach
Phone: +43 3329 43037