Opus — music group from Austria, created in 1973. Even though for a long time, the lineup consisted of five members, the band is known as a male quartet. The name of the band is a Latin word for a piece of classical music created by a certain composer.
Initially, Opus was an amateur cover band, the lineup of which included Ewald Pfleger (vocals, electric guitar), Kurt-Rene Plisnier (keyboard), Walter Bachkonig (bass), and Herwig Rudisser (vocals). In the early 1980’s Bachkonig left the band. Niki Gruber replaced him. The lineup changed often. It also included Gunter Grasmuck (drums) and Misha Kraus (bass). Niki Gruber left the group in 1991.
In 1978, the band started performing live in Austria with a special concert program. They decided to write lyrics in English in order to attract a larger audience.
In 1980, the band released its debut album, Daydreams, which didn’t make it into the charts. The next year, Opus signed a contract with the producer Peter Mueller, with whom the musicians released their second LP, Eleven, which turned out to be very successful. Their next album, The Opusition, which came out in 1982, also became very popular. Many fans wanted to book Opus for their events.