Inside the 63rd Viennese Opera Ball

Last week, nearly 400 guests filled New York City’s Ziegfeld Ballroom for the 63rd Viennese Opera Ball. The Ball, which is the oldest white-tie charity gala in New York, benefitted the music therapy program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with support from Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. Since 1955, the Viennese Opera Ball in New York has been a representative of Vienna’s cultural legacy, elegance, and glamour in the Big Apple. The Ball operates as a cultural platform and builds bridges to connect present-day New York City with 19th Century Vienna, and people of varying heritages, continents, and generations, to bring traditional glamour to the city that never sleeps.

Notables at the Viennese Opera Ball included H.E. Alexander Van der Bellen, President of the Republic of Austria, and The Honorable Michael Häupl, Governor and Mayor of Vienna. Also in attendance were Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Peter Thomas Roth, CEO, Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Skin Care, Nicole Miller, and Atıl Kutoğlu, Orange Is the New Black’s Selenis Leyva, Nick Burch, son of Tory Burch, Emma Waldron, Miss Ireland 2010, Janna Bullock, Jean Shafiroff, Christine Schott, Laine Siklos and Emir Bahadir.


After a red carpet welcome, where guests enjoyed cocktails and light bites, the ball kicked off in the Grand Ballroom with Silvia Frieser and Daniel Serafin leading the 12 debutantes and their escorts including Archduchess Isabella von Habsburg of Austria, escorted by Daniel Bak, Eugenia Bullock of New York escorted by Ryan Thomas Roth, son of skin care mogul Peter Thomas Roth, Meredith Baker Schott of New York, escorted by Gerard William Ford III, grandson of Eileen Ford, as they made their formal debut to international society. Miss Bullock wore a Peter Thomas Roth tiara with diamonds from William Goldberg, and a custom gown by Nicole Miller, while Miss Schott wore a tiara by JFINE Diamonds and a gown by Maggie Norris, and Archduchess von Habsburg wore an heirloom gown and tiara.

Next, West Point Cadet Color Guard marched and rose their flags before the National Anthems of the United States and Austria were sung by attendees. Throughout the program, a series of performances from stars of the Metropolitan Opera entertained the well-dressed crowd.

The night concluded with the crowd ending the exquisite evening by dancing into the early hours while enjoying the sounds of Bellatonic, featuring award-winning saxophonist Brent Birckhead and DJ Christophe Lacroix, known for regular appearances at Zuma and Bagatelle in New York.

Event sponsors included Tesla and Silhouette eyewear. The evenings Honorary Committee consisted of Mr. Dieter Beintrexler & Mrs. Elisabeth Hirst von Neckersthal, The Honorable Helmut Boeck & Mrs. Barbara Boehm-Boeck, The Honorable Renate Brauner, Ms. Helene von Damm, The Honorable Thomas Drozda, Mr. Gerald Fiala, Mr. Michael Friedl & Mrs. Amel Derragui-Friedl, Mrs. Silvia Frieser, The Honorable Johann Gudenus, Dr. Sabine Haag, H.I.R.H. Archduke Géza von Habsburg & Archduchess Elizabeth von Habsburg, Dr. Johannes Hofer, The Honorable Irena M. Holiat, The Honorable Sophie Karmasin, H.E. Jan Kickert & Mrs. Latica Tomasic-Kickert, The Honorable Sebastian Kurz, Dr. Christine Moser, Prof. Dr. Ewald Nowotny, Mr. Michael Otter, Ms. Sandra Peterson, Dr. Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, Mr. Christian Pöttler & Mrs. Ursula Pöttler-Fellner, Ms. Renée Price, The Honorable Erwin Pröll, Ms. Denise Rich, Ms. Martha Schultz, Dr. Christian Strasser, Mr. Max & Mrs. Sissy Strauss, H.E. Franz Vranitzky, H.E. Wolfgang A. Waldner & Mrs. Gudrun Faudon-Waldner.

For more information on the Viennese Opera Ball, please visit vienneseoperaball.com.