Grand Ball of Debutants Venice

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April 2023

The Ballo delle Debuttanti is a popular social event with roots in the Ancien Régime of the 18th century, historically symbolising the introduction of young women into the world of the aristocracy.
In Italy, the Ballo delle Debuttanti has been held since 1787 at the Scuola militare della Nunziatella in Naples.

As for Venice, the location that will host this exclusive event is the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, the oldest Scuola Grande in Venice, founded in 1261, in the Sestiere di San Polo. The Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista is an architectural complex with the Scuola building as its most important part; it has two floors and embraces different architectural styles, from Gothic and Renaissance to Baroque.

The programme of the event:


From 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
For all Debutants and Guests the arrival at the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista is preceded by a walk on the Red Carpet. Guests will therefore also walk the Red Carpet just like in the fairy tales, and once they have registered for the reception in the Historic Hall of the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni, they will be able to go up for the aperitif on the first piano nobile in the Great Hall of San Giovanni.

From 8.30 p.m. to 8.40 p.m.
The ceremony announces the entrance of the ChamberOrchestra4U orchestra and its conductor Maestro Silvia Casarin Rizzolo who, with the famous drum roll of the Radezky March, starts the entrance procession of the Debutantes. You will then make the triumphal entrance on the arm of your Cavaliere on the notes of the world's most famous march into the Gran Salone San Giovanni in front of the international audience of guests.

From 20.40 to 21.00
As tradition dictates in the most celebrated edition of this historic and much-loved event, the Vienna Opernball, the opening Cameo is performed by the excellence of Dance. The Gran Ballo delle Debuttanti di Venezia presents guests with a tribute to Dance with Dancers from the world's most prestigious and famous theatre, La Scala in Milan, who will perform in pas de deux and ensembles.

From 21.50 to 23.00
Chef Tino Vettorello, Chef of the Stars, Official Chef of the Venice Film Festival, will create the Venice Grand Debutante Ball Gourmet Gala Dinner for guests, inspired by the evening's musical theme. The dinner will be held in the Salone on the ground floor. The accompanying wines


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Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista

The Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista is a confraternity building located in the San Polo sestiere of the Italian city of Venice. Founded in the 13th century by a group of flagellants it was later to become one of the five Scuole Grandi of Venice. These organisations provided a variety of charitable functions in the city as well as becoming patrons of the arts. The Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista is notable for housing a relic of the true cross and for the series of paintings it commissioned from a number of famous Venetian artists depicting Miracles of the Holy Cross. No longer in the school, these came into public ownership during the Napoleonic era and are now housed in the Gallerie dell'Accademia.


Originally founded in 1261, San Giovanni Evangelista is the second oldest scuola in Venice. Though scuola developed a primary meaning of "school", in Venice these organisations retain their medieval Latin meaning of confraternities, social organisations founded on spiritual principles. Their main buildings were typically used as meeting and assembly halls, and for the distribution of charity. The founders of San Giovanni were a confraternity of flagellants who took part in religious ceremonies, whipping their backs and spraying blood onto the pavements as they processed through the city. This practice was outlawed in the city of Venice in the same year the scuola was founded.

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