Eduard van der Nüll and August Sicard von Sicardsburg were the architects. Eduard van der Null committed suicide after the building was severely criticized by the citizens. August Sicard died thereafter.
Tours are arranged for anyone who would like to visit the interior.
During a perfomance, the prices are quite costly, but worth it. Then there is the Standing option.
"Standing place only" audience
Immediately before each performance, cheap, standing place tickets are sold. These are popular with all age groups, and now have an almost legendary regular clientele, which allegedly is merciless in showing its displeasure with a performance loudly and unambiguously, but is even louder in voicing approval.
This is the processon of the ball debutantes. Now, to become one of the debutante and participate in the ball, one has to register and audition. And learning/having the knowledge of the Viennese Waltz is a must. Secondly, one needs to have a suitable partner. Dress code: for the ladies a white floor-length gown, tiara and a small bouquet. For the gents, white ties and tails.
A while back I attempted Viennese Waltz was in a dance class. My dance parnter was taller than I was much taller and in a hurry to prove his dance prowess. By the time we were getting to the swing of it, I was practically flying in the air. (I'm about 5ft 3'') Nevertheless, we attended the ball (not the state ball), but didn't waltz. After that I made a note to self: In waltzing, a suitable partner is really advisable. After that I understood the reason the debutantes need a partner who is not only suave, but also a leader when it comes to dancing.