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  1. Michelle

    Lauren, this is an awesome post! So well-written. Also, I think that could happen to anyone! Lastly: SISSI! She was awesome.

  2. I’m doing some research on what to wear to the opera in Vienna for an upcoming trip. I went years ago and wore a knee length skirt and somehow felt I didn’t fit in with either end of the spectrum. Seems you have to commit to normal street clothes or a full-on ballgown! Thanks for your insightful post.

    • Sophie I think you will feel you fit in in a knee length skirt with a nice blouse. A dress and heels would be my choice outfit if I were to return. Definitely do not make the same mistake I did and don’t wear normal street clothes. I hope you have a wonderful visit. The opera is a beautiful place!

  3. Lauren: Did you see many men in tuxedos, or was it more common to see them in suits. We will be visiting Vienna and seeing Elektra and my husband and I definitely want to “fit in”, be that in a traditional suit or a tuxedo. We own both, so we just need to pick which one to pack. I think wearing a tux would be great, but I don’t want us to be the only ones doing so (other than the ushers of course). Any guidance is really appreciated.

    • Hi Tim! Yes I did see many men in tuxedos. There were also many men in suits, so you would fit in wearing either one, but many attendees do go all out and dress in white tie. Have a great time seeing Elektra!

  4. LN

    Hi! I have a similar question as Tim above. Do you think a a floor lenght evening gown is a litlle too much? (paired with my partners tuxedo)? Did women wear gowns? Do not want to go overdressed. thank you!

    • A floor length evening gown would most definitely be appropriate. Many ladies were wearing them. I think it is impossible to be overdressed at the Vienna State Opera House. Someday I am going to return to the opera and wear an evening gown to make up for my previous blunder. Have an amazing trip!

  5. KK

    Thank you for this great post! We will be visiting Austria shortly and attend Vienna State Opera just before Christmas. I was quite worried about the dress code, now I feel a bit more confident to wear a full length lacy evening dress on this special occasion.
    All the best to you!

    • Yes! Wear a full length lacy evening dress and look beautiful for me as I looked horrible during my visit! Have an amazing time and thanks for stopping by to leave a comment!

  6. I took your advice and we wore our tuxes to a Saturday evening show (of Elektra) the week before Thanksgiving and I would estimate that 5-10% were in black tie / gowns, 60% were in suit and tie / cocktail dress, 25% in jeans (some men in jackets and women in a sweater), with the rest in t-shirts. I saw a couple people in full white tie. We did not feel out of place at all and I didn’t get the feeling that people were judging any of the attire (although, the t-shirt crowd should have been judged, in my opinion).

    It was a great experience, in a beautiful space. Would love to hear about your experience.

    • Hi Tim! Thanks so much for leaving this breakdown of how people were dressed during the show you saw at the Vienna State Opera House. It is super helpful! I’m glad to hear you fit in with the way you were dressed. I’m sure you looked fabulous!

  7. Joan

    My husband and I are attending Vienna State Opera in March and I am so grateful to have some input on what to wear–especially Tim’s breakdown of outfits. I am tempted to be in black dressy pants and fancy top, to be comfortable and let my son, who is in the production wear the skirt. He’s cast in a woman’s role in Tri Sestri. So, I guess I can wear the pants in the family along with my husband;-)

      • Joan

        Thank you! My daughter just learned he went to the opera ball there this past weekend. The photos he sent are amazing!! It looks like a fairy tale! Fortunately, as an opera singer, he has appropriate formal wear.

  8. Alex

    What a lovely, helpful review to stumble upon….my husband and I were wondering what to wear and now I’m quite excited about going off and picking out that perfect dress before our trip!

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