The opening is a dazzling festival, with artists from all over the world taking part
Opera Ball is the star of the Viennese Balls season.
On Thursday, February 28, the Viennese State Opera opened its doors once again for what Austrians know to be the most beautiful ball in the world. These are images which are broadcast around every year.
The opening is a dazzling festival, with artists from all over the world taking part; the legendary entrance of the young ladies’ and gentlemen’s committee; the elegantly appointed ballroom; the exquisitely decorated House on the Ring, international guests from the world of culture, business, politics, sports and science.
The Vienna Opera Ball combines the Viennese lifestyle with international allure, and the modern stage management of a traditional event. This is in equal measure a high-spirited ball in a unique atmosphere and the fashionable highlight of the ball season.
Star soprano Anna Netrebko performed alongside her husband Yusif Eyvazov to open the show. She sang „Il bacio“ by Luigi Arditi, while her husband performed the world-famous aria „Nessun dorma“ by Giacomo Puccini from „Turandot“. The two singers finished off with a duet of „O soave fanciulla“ by Puccini from „La Boheme“.
Guests enjoyed an opening performance by the 144 debutantes, who presented a sophisticated, but obviously well-rehearsed choreography.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was in attendance; his partner Susanne Thier stunned in a beautiful red gown. While the chancellor vowed to be as good a host as possible, he was hesitant about dancing.
President Alexander van der Bellen was in attendance with his wife Doris Schmiedauer as well as his guest of honor Auma Obama, a sociologist and author who also happens to be the half-sister of the former President of the United States, Barack Obama.