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Tonight, February 8, 2018, the 62nd Viennese opera ball gets exciting and glamorous like hardly anyone before: Austria’s cheered young Chancellor Sebastian Kurz makes his ball debut and brings along his friend Susanne Thier and oher acclaimed guests: The human right activist and author Waris Dirie as well as the Irish governor Leo Varadkar with partner Matthew Barrett are guests in the chancellor box. Richard Lugner comes with a new companion and Hollywooddiva Melanie Griffith. The enchanting “Cinderella” actress Lily of Jame shines on invitation of millionaire Klemens Hallmann.
Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen attends the ball with wife Doris Schmidauer. They are accompanied by the president of the Ukraine Petro Poroschenko and wife.
Moldavian soprano singer Valentina Nafornita and Slovakian tenor Pavol Breslik will perform during the 62nd traditional Vienna Opera Ball.
The Opera Ball is an annual society event dating back to 1814 similar to a debutante ball and is attended by some 5,000 guests from the worlds of culture, business, politics and academia.
The event will last into the early hours of the morning and will feature performances from the orchestra of Wiener Staatsoper and the Vienna State Ballet.
The ball season in Austria is an important part of its culture and runs from November to Lent, with the Opera Ball being the last event in the calendar.
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