“It probably won’t come”: Lugner wants Lady Gaga to join the opera ball

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“It probably won’t come”
Lugner wants Lady Gaga to join the opera ball

After a two-year corona break, an opera ball will finally take place in Vienna next spring. High time for “Mortar” Lugner to look out for a prominent companion. Shortly before his 90th birthday, the enterprising businessman is still looking for a new partner.

Contractor Richard Lugner is known for several things: for his nickname “Mörtel”, the animal nickname he gives his friends who are always much younger – and of course for the Vienna Opera Ball. The question of which prominent lady he will have in tow has been causing a stir for decades in the run-up to the event. The “Bild am Sonntag” has revealed Lugner, who turns 90 next Tuesday, which world star he would like for the upcoming Opera Ball.

“Lady Gaga would be great, but she probably won’t come to me,” Mortar says realistically. “I should hand over my Lugner City to her.” Lady Gaga, who has long established herself as a successful actress in Hollywood in addition to her singing career, should really not be dependent on the compensation available for a short visit to the Vienna Opera Ball.

Lugner – for other conceivable reasons – can no longer welcome another great guy into this life: “That was Liz Taylor. We tried everything, but unfortunately it only worked after her death.”

“She should be over 40”

What Lugner’s star guests have mainly caused in recent years is, besides glamor and attention, a lot of drama. In 2014, for example, he sent It-Girl Kim Kardashian to Vienna, who complained about racist derailments on the spot after her short visit. According to Lugner, skier Lindsey Vonn should be by his side in the box in 2020, but publicly cancel the project a little later. Italian actress Ornella Muti was introduced as a short-term replacement.

The first Lugner guest was Harry Belafonte in 1992. Grace Jones, Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Paris Hilton and Geri Halliwell have also heeded the call of “Mörtel”. The most notable stars of recent years have been Goldie Hawn in 2017 and Melanie Griffith the year after. The event had to be canceled in both 2022 and 2021 due to the corona pandemic.

Traditionally, the Vienna Opera Ball takes place on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday. In 2023, that would be February 16. Who then goes to accompany “Mortel” is still in the stars – also in relation to his private life: “I [bin] Currently single,” Lugner told “BamS.” But he has precise ideas for a future lady by his side: “She must be over 40 and have business acumen.”

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