The history of the Vienna Opera Ball dates back to 1814/1815, when the artists of the Imperial Court Opera held dance evenings following the Congress of Vienna. The first Vienna Opera Ball was held at the event’s present location in 1877 and was initially known as the Court Opera Soirée (and later as the Redoute). The Vienna Opera Ball as we know it today was first held in 1935, and celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2017.
For the night of the nights at the Vienna State Opera, the entire building is open, from the cellar to the attic, and can be accessed, or rather, danced in, by all 5,150 guests. The various levels of parquet, orchestra pit, and stage are all merged into a single dance floor. Restaurants, champagne bars, oyster bars, a casino, and even a disco with its own wine tavern are installed across the other countless halls and rooms of the Vienna State Opera, ensure an evening like no other, filled with friends and pleasant surprises.