Led by Silvia
Frieser - Executive
Director, President and Co-Chair, Michael
Pecnik, Co-Chair, Director
and Treasurer, Eva
Director and Board Secretary, and Dr.
Stefan Eder –
Co-Chair with Artistic
debutantes includingMiss Kiera
New York, Miss
Marie-Sophie Höfer from
Zhiqiao Cui and Miss
Emily Christina Mohr from
China, and Miss Milana
their formal presentation to international society. They were
accompanied by their white tie and tail clad escorts.
Nearly 500 guests including the Austrian Ambassador to
the United States Wolfgang Waldner and
U.S. Ambassador to Austria H.E. Alexa L. Wesner attended
along with Kiera
Chaplin – Granddaughter
of Charlie Chaplin, Former Today Show anchor Tamron
Obama’s Hairstylist Johnny
and Renee Landegger, Ursula
Stenzl, Dr. Christine Frissora, Harald & Inge Serafin, Guenther
& Judy Kurpis, Irena
Scher, and R. Couri Hay were
also in attendance.
Following the receptions in the Louise XVI Suite and the Jade
Salon headed to the Grand Ballroom where a horse and carriage
brought International Committee Member Laine
Siklos and her
two children Henry
Alex Siklos and Anabelle
Gray Siklos to
the ball and delivered them to their table. The Westpoint
Cadet Color Guards then
marched and rose their flags before the National Anthem’s to the
United States and Austria were sung by attendees. The Debutantes
and their Escorts then made their entrance led by Choreographer Heinz
performed the Opening ‘Polonaise’ Dance, before Mr. Serafin
thanked the Debutantes, Escorts and attendees. A
four-course dinner featuring Austrian
specialties was served
courtesy of Michelin
Star Chef Wolfgang
was announced with prizes including a bracelet by Frey Wille.
A series of operatic performances then began with La
donna e mobile performed by Stephen
Costello, Core’ n
grato by Massimo
Giordano, Quando me’n vo’ by Sarah
Joy Miller, Summertime by Kristen
Lewis, and Dein ist mein ganzes Herz by Stephen
guests were led on a Midnight
Quadrille by Choreographer Thomas
then continued to dance through to the early hours of the
morning before leaving the historic hotel as the sun began to
The evenings Honorary Committee consists of Mr.
Dieter Beintrexler and Mrs. Elisabeth Hirst von Neckersthal, The
Honorable Renate Brauner, H.E. Thomas
Drozda, Mr. Gerald Fiala, Mrs. Silvia Frieser, The Honorable
Johann Gudenus, Dr. Sabine Haag, The Honorable Michael Häupl,
The Honorable Georg Heindl & Mrs. Neline Heindl-Koornneef, Mr.
Eric Hübscher, Dr. Johannes Hofer, The Honorable Irena M. Holiat,
H.E. Sophie Karmasin, H.E. Jan Kickert and Mrs. Latica
Tomasic-Kickert, Mag. Dr. Walter Koren, The Honorable Albert J.
Kurpis and Mrs. Judy Kurpis, Dr.
Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, Mr.
Martin Mendelsohn, The Honorable Christine Moser, Professor Dr.
Ewald Nowotny, Mr. Andreas Pawlitschek & Mrs. Brigitte
Pawlitschek, Mr. Christian Pöttler and Mrs. Ursula
Pöttler-Fellner, Ms. Renée Price, The Honorable Erwin Pröll, Dr.
Danielle Spera, Ms. Martha Schultz, Mr. Max Strauss and Mrs.
Sissy Strauss, H.R.H. Princess Marina Sturdza of Romania, H.E.
Franz Vranitzky, H.E. Wolfgang A. Waldner & Mrs. Gudrun
Faudon-Waldner, and H.E. Alexa L. Wesner and Mr. Blaine Wesner.
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