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Grand Ball at the Opera
January 26, 2012   
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Excerpts from operas, ballet etudes and performances by famous soloists such as Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja and German soprano Diana Damrau are some of the attractions of the Ball at the Opera in Warsaw on June 6, two days before the opening match of the Euro 2012 European soccer championships.

To be held at the Wielki Theater/
National Opera, the ball aims to revisit the tradition of balls and masquerade parties held regularly at the Wielki Theater in the 19th century.

“We want to revive that glorious tradition,” said Waldemar D±browski, the managing director of the Wielki Theater/National Opera.

He cited historical records, according to which “masquerade parties were held every year on a Sunday night. The crowd enjoyed themselves in the Redutowe Rooms, the Wielki Theater foyer, the Wielki Theater auditorium after the chairs were removed, and on the grand stage, decorated specially for the occasion. At midnight, short comedy and ballet acts added variety to the masked balls.”

The plan is to make it all happen again. The ball will in part be modeled on an annual ball which is now held at the Dresden Opera—the organizers of the Warsaw event include Prof. Hans-Joachim Frey, the founder and artistic director of the ball in Dresden.

“We have organized the Semper Opera Ball in Dresden for six years and it has proved a big success,” Frey said. “It now ranks as one of the most important cultural and social events in Germany. We want to use our expertise to create a new tradition of annual opera balls in Warsaw.”

Tickets to the ball will cost between 200 and 1,000 euros. A total of 2,000 guests are expected to arrive, including many celebrities.

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