It all started when…

The very first Opera Ball was started by Bjørn Einar Sakseid, a Mozart-loving science student at UiO back in 1986 when he invited 50 friends to a show in the Oslo Opera.

The year after over 250 guests were invited, most still students, men also some professors and others. The event had grown into an opera performance followed by an afterparty at Sognsvann.

The next year - after another Mozart opera followed by the Mozart nachspiel in a nightclub at Saga cinema, finally, history's first "Oslo Opera Ball" saw the light of day. This time in the Rococo Hall at the Grand Hotel at Karl Johan in Oslo. Many were now stylistically well-dressed in Mozart's style, dance courses were held, and the university's principal at the time, Inge Lønning, joined the dance.

In 1989, the old building Gamle Logen was restored and the Oslo Opera ball was starting to look like the today's ball, with an opera performance, parade through the streets of Oslo with torches and intimate opera concerts and dance the night away to live music. After some years, the Oslo Symphony Orchestra joined the team with menusets, waltz, gallop, deutsche tanze etc. and Tarantella on the program.

From 2012, there was a new gang of enthusiastic ball queens who wanted to continue the proud legacy of "The Norwegian Student Society", the student association Tårnseilerne and finally the Cultural enthusiasts (2003-2011). The latter under the leadership of Gjøril Songvoll, founder and primus motor for Oslo Opera Festival - opera to the people.

The Opera Ball is a unique event, open to anyone who wants to attend a ball, and with room for display both for musicians, dancers, and others who wants a magical evening where one can allow themselves to dress up and live out the dream of an evening.
If you would like more detailed information about the history of the Opera Ball, you can find her more, or contact the Tårnseilerne at Brynjar Landsmark.

At the Opera Ball you get a unique opportunity to dance under chandeliers to classical music played live by the Oslo Symphony Orchestra. You may dance among others.
• polonaise
• Walz
• Galopp
• Menuet
• Tarantella
• Troika
Everyone should be able to keep up with the dance.
A dance course will be arranged ahead of the ball, and at the ball there will also be a dance master who gives short instructions along the way. Otherwise there are also many who choose to only watch the often special and very entertaining dances ...

You may also learn how to dance the different dances by watching our videoes.