Having a ball of a time

Dancers performing at the opening ceremony of the 60th Vienna Opera Ball on Thursday. Once a year, the auditorium of the Vienna State Opera turns into the world's most famous ballroom. The annual ball features dolled-up debutantes and local and inter
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Dancers performing at the opening ceremony of the 60th Vienna Opera Ball on Thursday. Once a year, the auditorium of the Vienna State Opera turns into the world's most famous ballroom. The annual ball features dolled-up debutantes and local and international celebrities. This year, the 5,000 guests had their bags checked and hundreds of uniformed and plain-clothes police officers were on duty in and around the opera house amid tight security.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 06, 2016, with the headline 'Having a ball of a time'. Print Edition | Subscribe