With around 2.5 million television viewers worldwide, the Opera Ball is probably one of the most famous cultural events of the year. Before the Vienna State Opera opens its doors for this glamorous event, Barbara Rett goes behind the scenes and shows the most unusual places of the magnificent building. From the understage to the chandelier floor, from the props warehouse to the repertoire tailor, she gives insights into a world that otherwise remains hidden.

Barbara Rett talks to the staff of the house - from the standing room cashier, ladies' mask to the main stage, canteen, lifts, tea room, prop room to the management. The fire-fighting masters Franz Gschwent and Gottfried Leeb, prop master Martin Noodt, solo dancer Rebecca Horn, director Dominique Meyer, technical director Peter Kozak and others talk about their everyday work in the magnificent building on the Ring.