On February 23rd, the Vienna State Opera once again turn into the most famous and elegant ballroom in the world. The “Vienna Opera Ball” which takes place in the halls of the State Opera annually on the last Thursday before the End of Carnival, is universally recognized as the utterly highlight of the ball season.
The Ball of balls
Among the approx. 400 ball events, the opera ball is most recognized by numerous stars visiting the ball from all over the world and the huge media interest. However, it requires a lot of organization from 350 workers and 150 assistants during the reconstruction phase, after all, the seating must be dismantled, the dance floor and stage boxes must be build and many other things needs to rebuilt before the red carpet can welcome the numerous local and international ball guests.
The ball of artists and cultural creators, which takes place under the organization of Maria Großbauer the very first time, is an event that attracts attention worldwide.
The entrance ceremony of the young ladies and gentlemen Committee is annually one of the highlights of the Opera Ball. About 150 dance couples from 9 different countries open the ball under the leadership of the Viennese dance school Roman E. Svabek.
“Le beau Danube bleu”, “the beautiful blue Danube”
The debutantes wear the “Tiara” from the Austrian company Swarovski, designed this year by Chanel’s chief designer, Karl Lagerfeld. 394 clear and sapphire blue Swarovski crystals as well as five Swarovski crystal beads were set with artistic care and embody the characteristic timeless elegance for Karl Lagerfeld. Since 60 years, the coveted headdress is an important part at the opening of the Vienna Opera Ball and each debutante gets the Tiara provided as a gift from Swarovski.
The ball begins after the entrance of the Austrian Federal President in his lodge. After the famous words “Alles Walzer” the floor is finally opened for the dance enthusiasts ball visitors.
Gerstner Opera Ball-plates and other delicacies
Already since 1869 the former k.u.k. Bakery “Gerstner” provides for the physical well-being and of the ball-visitors. The culinary arc stretches from the opera plate with all sorts of refined delicacies, to the popular ball classics like Gerstner saussages, sandwiches and oysters. Champagne, sparkling wine as well as noble wines from award-winning winegrowers ensure drinking pleasure. The famous Gerstner strawberries in an elegant evening dress made of chocolate are a sweet eyes and palate feasting on the ball buffets.
Traditional side trip to the Würstelstand
And for a tasty little snack in between the ball, the “Bitzinger” beside the Albertina is a quick and well known side-trip from the Opera ball.
Only here, ball-goers in elegant tailcoat and floor-length evening dresses meets on tourists, night owls or taxi drivers. The range extends over Käsekrainer, Burenwurst and Frankfurter sduassages, each with a piece of bread and sweet or spicy mustard as a side dish and peppers and pickled cucumber. Local beer or a wine round off the sidesep to the Würstelstand.
Fledermaus and Orpheus Quadrillen
The Fledermaus- und Orpheus-Quadrille is an integral part of the ball at midnight. In this form of the quadrille every dancing step is announced during the dance. The quadrille will be repeated after midnight at 2 o’clock and at 4 o’clock in the morning.
At around six o’clock in the morning, the work begins again with the cleaning and dismantling, so that the Viennese state opera can resume the accustomed operation.
From the Hotel Zipser you can reach the State Opera in a few minutes by public transport.
Where: February 23rd 2017, Entrance from 08:30pm
When: Vienna Opera Ball