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The Vienna Opera Ball

Listed under Festivals in Vienna, Austria.

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As the coldest months draw to a close in Vienna, the carnival season bursts forth in all its glory, and at the centre of the celebrations is the Vienna Opera Ball. The first one was held in 1936, in defiance of the Great Depression, in the gloriously ornate Staatsoper building itself, but the tradition dates back to the 19th century, when the dancers, singers and musicians of the opera house would perform at magnificent society events across the city. Skilful, young dancers can apply to be part of the principle ‘committee’ of walzers, and everyone else can watch the rich and famous arrive in fairytale horse-drawn carriages, before retiring to a box or a table from which the evening’s entertainment can be observed. Wear your best fantasy ball gown and enjoy the romance…

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