Opera Ball – Netrebko Festival at the Opera 1


Vienna (APA) – The 63rd Vienna Opera Ball was about superstar Anna Netrebko. The soprano sang in the acclaimed first opening "Il bacio" by Luigi Arditi and then along with her husband Yusif Eyvazov still "O soave fanciulla" from "La Boheme" by Puccini. "I'm a Cinderella just for one night," Netrebko told the APA.

Official Austria was represented by Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen and Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP). Van der Bellen was enthusiastic. The opening "was fantastic," said the head of state. It was clear "how much discipline and work behind it." The appearance of the debutants and ballet performers was "downright mystical," Van der Bellen said. Participated in the festival in the opera was also invited state Auma Obama. She likes it here "very, very well," she is very pleased with the invitation, she told reporters in the box of the federal president. "There's so much to see here."

Kurz was also impressed with the performance. "It was a great opening," he said in an interview with the APA in his box. "Especially by Anna Netrebko" he, his partner Susanne Thier and his guests were delighted. Kurz had summoned the head of the Northern Macedonian government, Zoran Zaev, to the ball. He expected a lot more visits during the night. "I will try to be the best possible host so that guests can enjoy here," said the chancellor.

Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl (FPÖ) and Deputy Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (FPÖ) also brought guests to the State Opera. Kneissl invited the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Tomas Petricek. Strache arrived with Serbian Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and Hungarian Foreign Minister Gergely Gulyas. Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder held together with his wife Soyeon Kim in the OMV box.

In particular, the ÖVP was heavily represented by Chancellor Gernot Blümel, Minister of Finance Hartwig Löger, Minister of the Environment Elisabeth Köstinger, Minister of Economy Margarete Schramböck, Minister of Justice Josef Moser, accompanied by Conchita, Winner of the Song Contest, and the Secretary of State Karoline Edtstadler. Mayor Michael Ludwig (SPÖ), elected just nine months ago, continued the tradition of predecessor Michael Häupl (SPÖ) and did not lose the ball. Also brought an official guest: Ludwig invited the director general of the United Nations Office in Vienna, Yury Fedotov. From the SPÖ came the second President of the National Council Doris Bures on the ball.

Also the own opera was strongly represented in the ball: among others, the singers Michael Schade, Juan Diego Florez, René Pape, Heinz Zednik, Andreas Schager and Lidia Baich, Marina Rebeca, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Daniela Fally, Zoryana Kushpler, Ildiko Raimondi and Wolfgang Bankl on the guest list. Other artists at the ball were Susanne Wuest, Gregor Bloeb, Nina Proll, Cornelius Obonya, Maria Köstlinger, Juergen Maurer, Stephanie Reinsperger, Kristina Sprenger, Philipp Hochmair, Yury Revich, Birgit Sarata and Antonello Manacorda.

The opening of the 144 rookies of the "Emperor Franz Josef I Rescue Jubilation March", op. 126 by Johann Strauss was quite risky this year: For the first time, a demanding elevator figure was shown in the choreography of twelve couples, which was run by the Santner dance school. "We wanted to offer something that was never there," said dance teacher Maria Santner. The young ladies and gentlemen also succeeded perfectly. "It was great," said Santner, who was also the first woman in the history of the ball to announce a gang.

The Vienna State Ballet introduced the waltz "Morgenblätter" by Johann Strauss. Flerence Clerc was responsible for the choreography. Among the dancers were the company's first two dancers, Natascha Mair and Jakob Feyferlik.


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