Make Your Debut At The Vienna Opera Ball

Each year, the defilé of the young ladies and young men’s committee is the highlight of the Vienna Opera Ball and at the same time the opening of a glamourous ball night.

Some 150 couples aged 17 to 24 feverishly await this moment: entering the world’s most beautiful ballroom once in their lifetime in an elegant, snow-white evening gown or tailcoat!

This is how you can apply as a debutant at the Vienna Opera Ball:

To be admitted to the young ladies and young men’s committee, you need to meet a number of requirements:

  • you have very good left-turn waltzing skills
  • you are between 17 and 24 years old
  • you have never opened the Vienna Opera Ball before (you are allowed to open the ball only once)

then we look forward to receiving your application. Please understand that applying couples will be admitted on a preferred basis (individual applications by exception only).

Please click on the following link to download the registration form:

REGISTRATION FORM

Please send the completed form and your CV (PDF, max. total size 1 MB) until 10th September 2018 by e-mail to: opernball-komitee@wiener-staatsoper.at

Couples from Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland will be informed by e-mail about the appointment (time) for the dance audition on 29th September 2018. (Applicants from the other Austrian federal states or from abroad do not have to audition.)

Some weeks after the audition, the applicants, those who participated in the audition, as well as those who come from the other Austrian federal states or from abroad, will be informed by mail if they are allowed to open the Vienna Opera Ball 2019 as part of the young ladies and young men's committee.

Opera Ball Office
Hanuschgasse 3
Ground floor, room 111
1010 Vienna
opernball-komitee(at)wiener-staatsoper.at

The audition for registered couples from Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland will take place on 29th September 2018 in the Gustav Mahler Hall at Wiener Staatsoper. (Applicants from the other Austrian federal states or from abroad do not have to audition.) Entrance at the corner Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz / Ringstrasse.

Please bring a valid photo ID!

Dress code for the audition:

Ladies: black skirt, white blouse, nude tights, no shoes with plastic soles
Gentlemen: black suit, white shirt, tie, no shoes with plastic soles

Committee confirmation:

Some weeks after the audition, the applicants, those who participated in the audition, as well as those who come from the other Austrian federal states or from abroad, will be informed by mail if they are allowed to open the Vienna Opera Ball 2019 as part of the young women and young men's Committee.

Debutant tickets for the Vienna Opera Ball cost EUR 120 and can only be paid cash.

All debutants 2019 will receive all information regarding rehearsal dates and the picking up of the debutant tickets with the confirmation email.

The following rehearsals have been scheduled for the preparatory phase:

  • 3 rehearsals in Vienna for couples from Vienna and the surroundings
  • 1 rehearsal in Vienna for couples from the rest of Austria
  • 1 rehearsal for couples from abroad
  • 2 main rehearsals at the Gustav Mahler Hall of the Wiener Staatsoper for all
  • Dress rehearsal on Wednesday 27th February 2019 in the ballroom of Wiener Staatoper

Dress code for rehearsals:
Ladies: black skirt, white blouse, fleshings, no shoes rubber soles
Gentlemen: black suit, white shirt, tie, no shoes with rubber soles

Ladies: 

  • snow-white ball gown (no crinoline, no glittering applications)
  • white elbow-length gloves
  • white shoes
  • Jewellery: matching the 2018 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