Der Viener Opernball

As a formal dancer ( I used to compete in sport dancing ) I still keep the love for dancing, especially the standard and classic dancing. I’ve always wanted to go to at least one of the c.a. 450 events at the Vienna Opera House like the Opera Ball they held at this time every year. The Carnival here in Italy was the past tuesday, 4th march, and I thought that it will be nice to tell you more about one of the oldest ball traditions ( because I admire it ! ). Let’s have a look!

The Vienna Opera Ball ( Der Wiener Opernball in German) is an annual event which takes place in the building of the Vienna State Opera in Vienna, Austria. The Opera Ball is one of the highlights of the Viennese carnival season. The dress code is black tuxedo with tails for men and large floor-length gowns for women. The Opera Ball was first held in 1935,but once was suspended during the Second World War and once in 1991 because of the Persian Gulf War.

About the Vienna State Opera – The structure of the opera house was planned by the Viennese architect August Sicard von Sicardsburg, while the inside was designed by interior decorator Eduard van der Nüll.Unaffected by the bombing were the whole main front, the main lobby, the central staircase, the Schwind Foyer and attached veranda, and the Tea Salon on the first floor. These have been preserved in their original state. Looking at the front of the building from the Ringstraße, one can see the original structure that has been preserved since 1869. The facades are decorated in Renaissance-style arches.

The capacity of the auditorium is now 2,284 seats instead of the previous 2,881. The traditional colors of red, gold, and ivory were used for the auditorium, and the large central chandelier was replaced for safety by ring of built-in ceiling lights made of crystal glass. The glass ring weighs about 3,000 kilograms and uses 1,100 bulbs. It is 7 meters in diameter and 5 meters high; it has space for a lighting stand and corridors for maintenance of the system.

More about the histroy of the building you can find here.

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