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Opera Ball opens season in Bratislava

SINGER Dani Klein from the Belgian band Vaya con Dios will commence the Opera Ball at the Slovak National Theatre at the stroke of midnight on January 13, thereby kicking off the Bratislava ball season. This is the seventh year of an event that brings together personalities from Slovak cultural, social and political life.

For last year's ball, the facade of the SND was decorated with a chess theme.
photo: SITA

SINGER Dani Klein from the Belgian band Vaya con Dios will commence the Opera Ball at the Slovak National Theatre at the stroke of midnight on January 13, thereby kicking off the Bratislava ball season. This is the seventh year of an event that brings together personalities from Slovak cultural, social and political life.

This year, news anchor Jarmila Hargašová will cover the evening, which is sure to be full of dance, ballet and singing performances by interational performers, including singer Eva Pilarová, Miro Žbirka, Pavol Habera with his band Team, the Devil's Violin of Berky Mrenica, the Boom Band Orchestra, Ali Campbell from UB 40, and the SND Ballet. Architect Miloš Pietor will be in charge of the design and choreographer Ján Ďurovčík will direct the opening ceremony's events.

The Opera Ball was started in 2001 as a prestigious social event that would attract an exclusive group of guests. It is traditionally held in the historical building of the Slovak National Theatre.

The Opera Ball sparkles with elegance, glamour and top quality song and dance.
photo: SITA

"I am glad that our Opera Ball is on a level with its European peers, even though the tradition is not as long here. It is exceptional in particular because though it's an exlusive social event, it still has the charm of a pleasant atmosphere," Pavol Lančarič, the general director of Orange Slovensko, which supports the event, told the SITA news wire.

The ball season will continue with the Orava Ball, to be held in the PKO (Culture and Leisure Park) on Nábrežie L Svobodu 3 on January 27. The Záhorie region will hold its ball at the same place on February 2.

The Bratislava Ball, which takes place in the Reduta of the Slovak Philharmonic at Palackého street on February 10, will be another highlight of the season. It includes the awarding of the Bratislavská Čučoriedka (Bratislava's Blueberry) Prizes given in memory of the great Bratislava patriot and humorist Július Satinský, who died in 2002. The prizes are given to those who are deemed to have enriched Bratislava life the most in the last year.


Jana Liptáková

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