On Saturday February 21. was the Opera bál in the Opera House in Budapest.
Putting ready the red carpet for the night
National Opera House
Not everyone likes the idea of organizing this kind of huge bal and dancing all night long.
Some people were protesting on the other side of the street
in front of the former Ballet Institute.
- playing actually quite good Hungarian punkish rock
After an interval of 62 years,
the Budapest Opera Ball was organized on the 17th February 1996.
Following the former traditions the miracle happens year by year
on the last Saturday of the carnival season:
the stage and the auditorium of the Opera House transforms to
the most beautiful ballroom of Hungary.
The ball is opened by more than a hundred debutante dancers
after a short opera programme,
then comes the 'Alles Walzer' so that people dance till dawn.
Among the star guests of the first ten years were
Montserrat Caballé, Ornella Muti, Sascha Hehn,
Y. Nesterenko, Walter Berry, Heinz Zednik,
Katia Ricciarelli, Patrizio Buanne, Catherine Deneuve,
Katarina Witt, Gina Lollobrigida and Daryl Hannah .
Besides international guests,
the most famous Hungarian opera singers helped the success of the shows.
Was there once some years ago, when the guest star was Katarina Witt.
It is a nice happening, but the dinner was quite awfull even though it was made by Gundel.
Have a friend who loves going to the bals in Budapest and Vienna because of the dancing.
So if you enjoy dancing then you enjoy the ball,
otherwise a bit boring.
In Vienna the Star Guests have been like
Gerry Halliway, Carmen Electra and Pamela Anderson.
Don't really know why!