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Debutantes Prepare for Opera Ball Waltz
Debutantes prepare for the opening ceremony of the Vienna Opera Ball at the State Opera in Vienna, Austria, on Feb. 27.GEORG HOCHMUTH / EPA
The Opera Ball is opened by the Austrian president and features a musical program with soloists and artists from the Vienna Philharmonic and State Ballet before the debutantes lead into the festivities with a Strauss waltz.
The 18-to-24-year-olds spend weeks rehearsing for a performance that lasts just three or four minutes but has a huge audience at home and abroad.
The traditional ball takes place on Feb. 27, with tickets starting at $340 and a box as much as $25,000.