Several years ago, when we were dirt poor and had no money to travel, I used to watch Samantha Brown's Passport to Europe almost constantly. The Travel Channel would play reruns every day, and I would diligently sit in front of the TV and soak up all the culture I could through the screen.
I'll never forget the night I watched her Vienna episode, though. She got to attend the Viennese Opera Ball…a real ball!! There were debutantes there, dressed in white, and they all danced a choreographed waltz with cadets. Then everyone would dance -- waltzes, polkas, you name it! I wanted to go to it so badly I could hardly stand it.
And then…one of my very close friends was hired as one of the opera singers a few years ago in the New York City Viennese Opera Ball. *gasp* But still, it was $1,000 a ticket, and she sadly had no power at the time.
But this year…well, my friend found a way for my husband and I to go. She enlisted me to adapt the libretto of the Mozart opera The Impressario, and hired Eric to play the title role. Finally! I got to go to a real ball! And it was every bit as magical as I hoped it would be.
Tails and floor-length ball gowns are the required attire. Dignitaries and celebrities were in attendance (including the reigning Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA!). The orchestra played many a waltz, as well as some modern tunes just for fun. The debutantes and their beaux were presented to the dignitaries and danced a beautiful waltz (click here to view on YouTube) At 11pm, the singers took to the stage to perform The Impressario (click here to view the finale on YouTube -- my hubby is the dapper one in the top hat out front :))
At midnight, every single guest took their place on the dance floor for the midnight quadrille. The dance master taught it very quickly and then had us dance it over and over, getting faster and faster every time. My feet were trampled on many times in the process, but I didn't much care -- I was having way too much fun :)
The after parties started well after midnight and introduced us to even more food and more dancing! By 2am, our legs were no longer willing to hold us up, so we retired to our room upstairs at the Waldorf=Astoria.
Please enjoy the photos below that show just little snippets of our evening at the Viennese Opera Ball…
All dressed and ready to go!
One of the many beautiful salons in the Waldorf=Astoria
The corridors of the Waldorf=Astoria make you feel as if you've taken a step back in time
The reception area
Our view of the dance floor
Happy Endings :)
Have you ever been to a ball? I'd love to hear about it if you have! Thanks for visiting!
Jerrica, Her Grace of Grammar
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