205,000 of the crowns raised was achieved solely through the winning bid of one item - the racket of Czech tennis player Radek Stepanek and a one-hour personal training lesson with the sports star. The Prague Opera Ball is said to be based on the famed Vienna Opera Ball, according to National Theatre director Jan Burian, where the Prague Ball is partly located.

 

Strauss, Strauss and Strauss Again

 

The 2014 Prague Opera Ball, which took place on Saturday 8th February, was entitled Strauss, Strauss and Strauss Again, with the evening’s main performer being the Britain’s Got Talent opera star Paul Potts. With reports of a stunning rendition of ‘Nessum Dorma’ from Puccini's Turandot, guests of 2015 river cruises in Europe will certainly be looking out for the release of next year’s opera ball date for a chance to experience this prestigious event themselves.

 

Alongside the auction of Stepanek’s tennis racket, other auction items included a signed book by the famous pop singer Bryan Adams, with money raised going towards the Terexa Maxova Foundation - which helps children in Czech orphanages - and the Srdcervaci project, which looks to support people with disabilities in their search for jobs.

 

The opera ball regularly attracts some of the most esteemed names in Prague, with the 2014 event seeing Prague Mayor Tomas Hudecek, legendary ice hockey goalkeeper Dominik Hasek and Czech Miss 2012 Tereza Chlebovska all in attendance. With this year’s auction securing a record figure for charity, the 2015 ball is set to attract even more big names and put on even bigger and better entertainment than ever before.

 

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