U.S. television personality Kim Kardashian (L) and her host Viennese millionaire mall developer Richard Lugner attend a news conference ahead of the Opera Ball in Vienna February 27, 2014. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader
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At 24, Olga Goreglyad is a veteran of society balls around Europe but her ambition will not be fulfilled until she dances on Thursday night as a debutante at Vienna's Opera Ball -- something celebrity guest Kim Kardashian will not be doing.Almost every social group and profession in Austria, from confectioners to firefighters and pharmacists to refugees, holds its own ball, but the Opera Ball is the most elite, with a presidential opening and top-class music and ballet.The 144 debutants and debutantes who will open the ball, on the other hand, have spent weeks in intensive rehearsals for a performance that lasts just three or four minutes but has a huge audience on television at home and abroad.Opera Ball organiser Desiree Treichl-Stuergkh said she had hired some former Opera Ball protesters as DJs as part of a careful modernisation.
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