Year of 2017

The Opera Ball at the Vienna State Opera, Austria

Tonight the Vienna State Opera hall will become a giant party for an exclusive group of guests, ostensibly there to celebrate Carnival before Lent begins. The white-tie-and-tails affair began in 1814 but it wasn’t until 1935 that it was called the Opera Ball. It’s been suspended during times of war, but when the Ball returns, the aristocracy, royalty, and Hollywood celebs will suit up and party like it’s 1899.

The Vienna Opera Ball is an annual Austrian society event which takes place in the building of the Vienna State Opera in Vienna, Austria on the Thursday preceding Ash Wednesday. Together with the New Year Concert, the ball is one of the highlights of the Viennese carnival season.