It’s ball season again in Austria, a perfect time to deck yourself in a long, dazzling gown or coattail and whisk a partner away to the dance floor. Experience a night of glamour and waltzing in the Vienna State Opera, which turns into a captivating ballroom on the night of the most anticipated ball in Vienna and also the pinnacle of the ball season, the Vienna State Opera Ball (Wiener Opernball)!
Every year in the Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper), the halls are filled with distinguished guests from all over the world. International celebrities, artists, and high-profile figures bedecked in their gorgeous gowns and polished suits grace the event that celebrates the Viennese culture and appeal, elitetraveler.com says. Members of the media from different parts of the world, including their reporters and cameramen, clamor to have the best coverage of this grand ball.
Schedule of the Vienna State Opera Ball 2019
Next year’s Vienna State Opera Ball is set to be held on February 28, 2019, at the Vienna State Opera located at Opernring 2, 1010 Wien. The ballroom’s doors will be opened at 8:30 pm but the official start of the ball is at 10 in the evening.
The Flow of the Dance
The Vienna State Opera Ball begins with the Fanfare, singing of the Austrian National Anthem and European Anthem, and a dance from the committee, which consists of 150 elegant ladies and dashing gentlemen dressed in black and white, performed in front of the Austrian president. Then, various artistic performances such as ballet, waltz, and polonaise will be presented by the Vienna State Opera. The Blue Danube Waltz will also be played as the opening waltz.
After this magnificent introduction, the floor becomes open to the attendees. As an evening of delightful dancing and socializing ensues, around 120 musicians from various places play a medley of songs. Guests will not only be dancing the waltz but also the quadrille. At five in the morning, the ball ends.
A Waltz With the Ball’s History
Ball festivities may not have initially been held at the Royal and Imperial Court Opera, viennaconcerts.com says. According to the myths, the artists who designed the stage planned a festivity to pay homage to their Congress, which happened in the years 1814 and 1815.
During the 1820s and 1830s, numerous balls used to be celebrated at the Danube in the Imperial City, but that changed when artists wanted a more private location where they could hold them. The Redoutensale, which were the ballrooms of the Hofburg Imperial Palace, were the natural choice.
The 1848 Revolution became a sobering occurrence for the Viennese. So much blood was shed across the nation and the citizens simply did not feel like dancing. Ball celebrations had waned. It was only more than 20 years later when ballrooms were filled once again and people passionately danced as music filled the air. Finally, balls were being held again as often as they were before the revolution. Vienna became festive once more.
The Theater an der Wien was designated to officiate ball festivities in 1862, which held occasions that were as lavish as the Paris Opera Ball. However, when the Royal and Imperial Court Opera transferred to the ring in 1869, Emperor Franz I did not allow them to have balls in his theater. So, the first ball, which was named Ball in the Hopofer, was held in the Gesellschaft der Mursikfreunde in Wien. Then, in the year 1877, the emperor allowed people to have a soiree in his theater on December 11 and 12, but dancing was prohibited. Yet, at the stroke of midnight, this prohibition did not stop the attendees, and the first proper dance happened at the opera house.
The first Opernredoute, which eventually led to the Opera Ball, was officiated on January 21, 1921. It was renamed as the Vienna State Opera Ball in January 1935. Four years later, when Germany invaded Austria, as commanded by the German government, it was the final time they would celebrate their most cherished ball. In 1945, Austria regained its independence. On November 1955, the Opera House was reopened. A year later, the Opera House became an extravagant ballroom where the Vienna State Opera Ball could be held again for the first time during the second republic.
|Attendees of the ball have until five in the morning to enjoy the festive / Photo b Lev Radin via Shutterstock|
Getting Ready for the Ball
Before indulging in a dreamy night of dance in the metropolis of waltz, here are a few reminders from Hotel Josefshof one should remember as they prepare for the Vienna State Opera Ball:
Before the Ball
Guests are advised to purchase their ball tickets and have their seats already booked. You should also be able to book a hotel room. Of course, your dazzling outfits should be prepared long before the event. Make sure they get any needed repairs or alterations dealt with. Don’t forget the dancing shoes, they’re very important! Bring flats and blister pads in case of emergency. Also, be sure to set an appointment with a hairdresser to have your hair set in a fabulous and sophisticated ‘do.
During the Ball
Remember to bring the tickets, otherwise, you may be denied entry. All that glamming up would’ve been for nothing! Also, have some cash and spare change ready. Remember to bring a toiletry bag for touch-ups and hygiene purposes. Lastly, take note of taxi numbers so you can get home immediately after the event.