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Visitors watched the opening ceremony of the Opera Ball in Vienna on Thursday night. The traditional ball was opened by the Austrian president and featured a musical program with soloists and artists from the Vienna Philharmonic and State Ballet before debutants were lead into the festivities with a Strauss waltz. Tickets started at $340 and a box costs as much as $25,000.

Dancers of the state opera ballet perform at the Opera Ball in Vienna on Feb. 27.LEONHARD FOEGER / Reuters
Visitors dance at the Opera Ball in Vienna.LEONHARD FOEGER / Reuters