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Festival Ball 2013 • The Debutantes' Auditions

9 JUL 2013

published in: Festival Ball

Festival Ball 2013 • Jury • The Debutantes' Auditions (Photo: Maximilian Gauss)
Auditions, tailored costumes, fittings and an intensive week of rehearsals... For the debutantes, the preparations for the festive opening of the Second Salzburg Festival Ball on Saturday, August 13, at the Felsenreitschule are not so very different from those of our performers in the opera or theatre productions. The only difference is that they are not professional dancers, but 120 young ladies and gentlemen, most of whom are incredibly nervous and excited before their great moment in the spotlight. Many of them – some of them have just graduated from secondary school – will be opening a ball for the first time.

The young ladies and gentlemen, who come not just from Salzburg, but also from Vienna, Graz and Vorarlberg, passed the first hurdle already when they auditioned at the Seifert Dance School. Before the hawk-eyed and prominent jury, they demonstrated their abilities in dancing the quadrille and the right-turning waltz – in addition to Elisabeth Gürtler, member of the honorary presidency, the patrons Alice Bachofen-Echt, Ines Kaldas, Elfi Kammerhofer, Sophie Waldersdorff and the Ball organiser Suzanne Harf, two artists from Die Meistersinger, Peter Sonn and Markus Werba, as well as Eva Liebau, who performs the role of Celia in Lucio Silla, took the time to judge the debutantes.

Until rehearsals begin, the next programme item is fitting the custom-made dirndls by Gössl and the frock coats by Moser. In the meantime, the Salzburg Festival’s costume workshops are busy sewing the aprons, inspired this year by the roses painted by watercolourist Pierre-Josephe Redouté and designed by Costume Director Dorothea Nicolai.

From August 25, Dance School Director Niki Seifert will make sure that the steps to Johann Strauss’ Maskenballquadrille Op. 272, based on themes from Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, and to the waltz based on themes from Leo Fall's operetta Rose von Stambul are perfectly mastered. The styling team of Choiffeur Sturmayr and MAC Cosmetics will make the 120 debutantes look their best on the day of the ball. And then we can say: “Curtain up for the Festival Ball debut!”