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Vienna Opera Ball - Provide your Kids with the Chance to Debut at the Ball

Published: January 31, 2019; 19:17 · (Vindobona)

The Ball of Balls in the magnificent building of the Vienna State Opera is regarded as the meeting place of international celebrities in Vienna and is a social event of the first order. Offer your children aged 17 to 24 the opportunity to open the Opera Ball together with 150 couples. We show you how to do it.

At the upcoming Vienna Opera Ball on 28 February 2019, a very special tiara designed by fashion icon Donatella Versace will adorn the heads of the debutantes. / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / Gryffindor [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

Year after year, the defilé of the Young Ladies' and Young Men's Committee is one of the highlights of the Vienna Opera Ball and, at the same time, the opening of a glittering ball night.

Around 150 dancing couples aged between 17 and 24 years feverishly await this moment for months on end: once in a lifetime, they solemnly move into the most beautiful ballroom in the world in their festive snow-white evening dress or tailcoat!

In this way your child can apply as a débutant for the Viennese Opera Ball:

Application

In order to be admitted to the Young Ladies and Lords Committee, a number of conditions must be met:

  • Your child has very good left-turn waltzing skills
  • Your child is at least 17 and max. 24 years old
  • Your child has not yet opened the Vienna Opera Ball (the opening is only possible once)

If your child meets these requirements, the Opera Ball Office looks forward to receiving your application.

Applications from dance couples are preferred. Individual applications can only be considered in exceptional cases.

Further below you will find the download link for the registration form.

Please send the completed and pictured form including the CV (PDF, max. total size 1 MB) by e-mail to opernball-komitee@wiener-staatsoper.at by the end of August of the previous year at the latest.

Couples from Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland will be informed by e-mail about their date (time) for the audition at the end of September.

Coming from abroad (or from the other federal states), you even have the advantage that your children do not have to audition.

All applicants, both those who have danced in front and those who come from other federal states or abroad, will be informed by e-mail a few weeks after the audition whether they are allowed to open the Vienna Opera Ball as part of the Young Ladies' and Young Men's Committee.

Auditions

At the end of September the audition for couples from Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland who have already registered usually takes place in the Gustav Mahler Hall of the Vienna State Opera.

The entrance to the audition is at the corner of Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz / Ringstraße. A valid photo ID must be brought along.

Clothes for auditions:
Ladies: black skirt, white blouse, skin-colored stockings, shoes without rubber soles
Men: black suit, white shirt, tie, shoes without rubber soles

Committee confirmation:

All applicants, both those who have danced in front of the audience and those who come from other federal states or abroad, will be informed by e-mail a few weeks after the audition whether they are allowed to open the Vienna Opera Ball as part of the Young Ladies' and Young Men's Committee.

Expenses

A committee ticket for the Vienna Opera Ball costs around 120 euros and can only be paid in cash.

With the confirmation e-mail, all debutantes will receive all information regarding rehearsal dates and the collection of committee tickets.

Rehearsals

The following rehearsals will take place during the preparation phase:

3 rehearsals in Vienna for couples from Vienna and surroundings
1 rehearsal in Vienna for couples from the federal states
1 sample for couples from abroad
2 dress rehearsals in the Gustav Mahler-Saal of the Vienna State Opera for everyone
dress rehearsal one day before the opera ball in the ballroom of the Vienna State Opera

Clothing for the rehearsals

Ladies: black skirt, white blouse, skin-coloured stockings, shoes without rubber soles
Men: black suit, white shirt, tie, shoes without rubber soles

Dress Code for the Opera Ball

Ladies:

snow-white ball gown (no crinoline, no glittering applications)
white elbow-length gloves white shoes
Jewellery: matching the tiara, preferably small pearl earrings or discreet ear pins with transparent stones;
NO large, colourful earrings, no necklaces please, or only very thin/discreet ones (preferably pearls or transparent stones) no wristwatch
hairstyle: a pinned-up ball hairstyle is compulsory.

Gentlemen:

black tailcoat white waistcoat white gloves
white bow tie
black patent leather shoes
black socks
No breast pocket handkerchiefs (if you have one, please put it into your pocket for the opening), no wristwatches – a pocket watch may be worn, but is not essential.
hairstyle: please trim your beard, hair neatly brushed, possibly styled using gel, no open hair (if you have long hair, it must be tightly tied in a ponytail)

Everybody:

no visible tattoos or piercings
no unusual hair colours, such as blue or pink

Contact Details:

Opera Ball Office
Hanuschgasse 3
Ground floor, room 111
1010 Vienna
Web: https://www.wiener-staatsoper.at
Email: opernball-komitee(at)wiener-staatsoper.at

Application Form:
(Committee registration form only available in German.)
https://www.vindobona.org/docs/text/vienna-opera-ball-committee-registration-form-german.docx



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