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:

  • very good left-turn waltzing skills
  • age limit: minimum of 17 and maximum of 24 years
  • you are allowed to open the Vienna Opera Ball only once.

Please understand that applying couples will be admitted on a preferred basis (individual applications by exception only).

For ladies and gentlemen from Vienna and Lower Austria
Please present yourself personally at the opera ball office:

9 and 10 October 2017
10 a.m. -12 noon and 2-4 p.m.

Please bring a recent passport photo..

For ladies and gentlemen from the rest of Austria and from abroad

Please send a letter of application, including your CV and a photograph, to the opera ball office by 1 September 2017.

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

The audition for registered couples from Vienna and Lower Austria will take place in the Gustav Mahler Hall at Wiener Staatsoper in November 2017. (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, no shoes with plastic soles
Gentlemen: black suit, white shirt, tie, no shoes with plastic soles

Some 2 weeks after the audition, the applicants will be informed by post whether they have been accepted for the opening of the opera ball.

Debutant tickets EUR 120 (Vienna Opera Ball 2017, subject to change)

In the letter of acceptance after your successful audition, you will also be informed when and where you can pick up your debutant ticket.

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 22 February 2017 in the ballroom of Wiener Staatoper

Dress code for rehearsals:
Ladies: black skirt, white blouse, 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 long-sleeved gloves, white shoes, pinned-up hair

Gentlemen:
black tailcoat, white bow tie, white waistcoat, white gloves, black patent-leather shoes