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Make Your Debut At The Vienna Opera Ball

To be accepted into the Young Ladies and Young Men's Committee, a few requirements must be met:

  • You have very good left-hand waltz skills
  • On the day of the Opera Ball (27 February 2025), you are at least 18 and max. 25 (young ladies) or max. 28 (young men) years old.
  • You have not yet opened the Vienna Opera Ball (opening is only possible once)

We look forward to receiving your application via the application form on our website starting on 3 June 2024. The application deadline is 17 September 2024. Please understand that applications can only be accepted in pairs.


After reviewing all applications, dance couples from Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland (as well as Linz & Wels) will be invited to audition at the Vienna State Opera on Saturday, October 19, 2024.

Applicants from other federal states and abroad can voluntarily come to the audition or alternatively send in a video showing their left waltz skills. Here, too, an invitation will be sent out after the application deadline with more details about what this video should show.

All applicants, will be informed by e-mail until the end of November 2024 whether they have been chosen to open the Vienna Opera Ball 2025 as part of the Young Ladies' and Young Gentlemen's Committee.

We ask for your understanding that we must reserve the right to exclude couples from the opening committee who do not meet the necessary dance requirements during the rehearsals, despite having previously agreed to do so.

A committee ticket for the Vienna Opera Ball 2025 costs € 140.

With the confirmation email, the debutants will receive all information regarding rehearsal dates and how to pick up the committee tickets.

During the preparation phase the following rehearsals will take place on the weekends before the ball:

  • 3 rehearsals in Vienna for couples from Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland as well as Linz and Wels (09., 15. & 16. February 2025)
  • 1 rehearsal in Vienna for couples from the other federal provinces (not from Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland) and for international couples (22. February 2025)

Additional rehearsals for all couples:

  • 2 main rehearsals in the Gustav Mahler Hall of the Vienna State Opera (22. & 23. February 2025)
  • Dress rehearsal on Wednesday, 26 February 2025 (in the Ballroom of the Vienna State Opera)

In order to be allowed to debut at the Vienna State Opera Opera Ball, attendance at all assigned rehearsals is mandatory.

Lady’s position: black skirt, white blouse, skin-coloured stockings, shoes without rubber soles
Man’s position: black suit, white shirt, dark tie, shoes without rubber soles


  • Pure white, floor-length ball gown (without hoop skirt, without glitter as application, incorporated in the fabric or otherwise, no traditional costume)
  • white gloves up to the elbow or short white gloves for a dress with long sleeves
  • pure white shoes - closed at the front
  • Jewellery only discreet and inconspicuous (chains only very thin, no wristwatch, no badges, medals or pins).
  • Hairstyle in which the tiara can be incorporated without slipping, long hair must be worn pinned up
  • Discreet make-up


  • black tailcoat
  • white waistcoat
  • white bow tie
  • white gloves
  • black patent leather shoes with black laces
  • black socks
  • no badges, medals or pins, no wristwatch (pocket watch permitted)
  • no open, long hair


  • no striking hair colours
  • no hair ornaments (except the tiara for ladies position)
  • no prominent piercings (especially tunnels) and conspicuous tattoos
  • no headgear