You Shall Go to the Ball

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There are Viennese opera balls on the social calendars of many big cities. But there is only one Vienna Opera Ball. The annual extravaganza that has spawned countless international imitators takes place in the Austrian capital's State Opera house on Feb. 23—and if you haven't got one of the 5,000 or so tickets yet, you'd better start working the phones. To the old-money types and aristocrats that once made up the bulk of the guest list, the present-day event has been diminished by the inclusion of pop singers, politicians, movie stars and even (shock, horror) the odd porn actress. A...

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