The first ball in Vienna was not held in the Opera house

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Balls held in both small and large establishments, during 1820’s and 1830’s were held in the Imperial City on the Danube

Legend has it that the artists that worked on this stage organized a celebration in honor of the Vienna Congress (1814 – 1815), and that the first ball festivities may not have been at the Royal and Imperial Court Opera Theater next to the Kärntner gate.

Up until then, balls held in both small and large establishments, during 1820’s and 1830’s were held in the Imperial City on the Danube, unitil the artists, decided that they need a more intimate context for their celebrations. They found the ideal solution in the “Redoutensäle”, the refined yet cozy ballrooms of the Hofburg Imperial Palace.

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The times in Vienna weren’t always so festive, for example afrter bloody and inglorious exit of the 1848 revolution, after which a number of years had to pass, before the joy of life again reached its previous intensity, and the balls and celebrations in the “Viennese style” were again made possible.

In the year 1862, the famous “Theater an der Wien” was again given the highest honor – to be allowed to organize the Ball festivities. At that time it naturally modeled itsspectacular events after the extravagant Paris Opera Ball.

In January 1935, the event was designated for the first time, gong by the name of the “Vienna Opera Ball” – a name whose effect did not fail in the pale light of the thirties

The first ball was called the “Ball in the Hofoper” and was not held in the opera house on the ring, but instead in the equally new and impressive building of the “Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien”. It was fourtunate, since in the year 1869, Emperor Franz Joseph I refused permission to hold dance celebrations in his theater. This royal decision disabled staff of the Royal and Imperial Court to finally move into their magnificent new home on the ring.

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In 1877, the Emperor finally gave his consent to a “soiree” in his opera house, but dancing was still not officially allowed at this celebration on the night of the 11th to 12th of December. However, the following day, the “Vienna Tourist Journal” stated: “…it was initially quite difficult, but Viennese blood and Viennese courage withstood… after midnight there was the first proper dance in the ballroom of our opera house.”

On January 21, 1921, the Republic of Austria held the first “Opernredoute”, the predecessor to the official Ball, which was a surprisingly short period of time, after the fall of the Empire in 1918. In January 1935, the event was designated for the first time, gong by the name of the “Vienna Opera Ball” – a name whose effect did not fail in the pale light of the thirties.

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