Top-class guests at the 80th Ball of the Vienna Philharmonic

Clemens Unterreiner, Anna Netrebko and Plácido Domingo

© Kurier/Philipp Hutter

Maestro Andris Nelsons made his debut, Anna Netrebko danced and a specially composed fanfare premiered.

by Lisa Trompisch, Stefanie Weichselbaum

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After a two-year break due to the pandemic, the Wiener Musikverein finally turned into one of the most beautiful dance halls in the world at the Vienna Philharmonic Ball on Thursday night.

Maestro conducted as a “debutant”. Andris Nelsons the opening, the program included the overture to the operetta “Light Cavalry”. And there was another premiere. At the very first Philharmonic Ball in 1924, Richard Strauss composed his own fanfare, which is played every year as part of the opening.

This time the American exceptional artist took over John Williams (multiple Oscar and Grammy winners, also wrote the “Star Wars” soundtrack), who composed the “Fanfare for Vienna Philharmonic Ball” as a sign of the close relationship and this premiered on site. “I love it. I’m a ‘Star Wars’ fan and it shows how modern classic is,” says Baritone Clemens Unterreiner.

Also dancing glamorously: Opera divas Anna Netrebko, the ministers Karoline Edtstadler and Susan RaabChancellor Karl Nehammer with wife Katharinawho have favourited a midnight blue designer lace gown Atil Kutoglu wore. By the way, the dress is to be auctioned off for a good cause. Incidentally, for Nehammer it was the first Philharmonic Ball as chancellor: “In times like these, it’s also good to have a good time now and then, and balls are a good opportunity for that.”

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Chancellor Karl Nehammer with his wife Katharina (right) and the ministers Susanne Raab and Karoline Edtstadler

© Picture: Kurier/Philipp Hutter

Also among the guests was an actor Tobias Morettiwith his wife Julia, who had a serious quad accident in the summer. “It’s lucky that we can stand there today and dance together,” they said in an interview.

Jacqueline Lugner stood in for her father, Baumeister, who was still ill Richard Lugner.

The distinguished guests

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