As I reflect on the Met Opera season just passed (See The Last Curtain Call), all sorts of things come to mind from the expected (great singing from solo artists and the incomparable chorus, great musicianship from the brilliant orchestra) to the unexpected (discovering young voices that I instantly know are destined for greatness). At the close of every opera season, I am overwhelmed by a feeling of gratitude that Dan and I were able to experience it all and that, the Good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will be able to do it all again starting in the fall.
Dancer Tommy Tune elegant in black wearing his signature black glasses
I am a discreet but incurable people watcher, and the opera house is a great place to see an amazing array of the species from celebrities and the perfectly coiffed New York dowager, Hermès scarf draped casually around her well tailored dinner suit, to the young student in rumpled blue jeans who can barely afford standing room. He queued up early that morning to get one of the limited number of standing room tickets and is thrilled just to be there. I have a soft spot in my heart for him. My late brother was one of those student standees many years ago.
As winter morphed into spring, Met opera goers began to shed their New York Black in favor of winter white and bright colors. Here are a few pictures from the website Last Night at the Met that illustrate this point beautifully.
This handsome couple in black and white clearly coordinated their look and the result is stunning. That black lace overlay along the side of her gown is a fabulous detail. Its effect is slimming while emphasizing her sassy curves. Just look at her posture and tell me she doesn’t know how to rock a curvy body! Wow! She’s kept the accessories to a minimum and all in red –lipstick, nail polish, earrings and hair ornament in her chic chignon. I just wish I could get a peek at her shoes. Want to bet what color they are?
The gentleman knows how to wear a well-fitting, light-weight jacket on a large frame and the break of his trousers is perfection.
This stunning femme d’un certain âge is the epitome of elegance in her white, cape-backed gown. Diamond chandelier earrings and long necklace, bold rings, a striped bracelet and silver clutch add just the right touch of drama. Her hair is short, classic and simple, swept back from her face. Dramatic eye makeup with a strong eyebrow and red lipstick complete the look. Tone down your eye makeup after a certain age? Nonsense! Cover your arms after a certain age? Stuff and nonsense!! Rules are meant to be broken by those who know how and, believe me, this lady knows how. And how! It’s all about confidence, class and attitude and she exudes all three. I don’t know who she is, but she is, as the French would say, superbe.
This charming young lady’s strapless dress is a long red lace overlay over a dark lining that stops above the knee in front. Despite the dark lining, the whole effect is one of lightness and transparency. The asymmetrical hem is a wonderful touch. She allows the dress to speak for itself by wisely keeping her accessories to a minimum -- silver cocktail rings and a black neck band with a large star-burst brooch at the center, which adds sparkle to her fresh young face. Love her curls!
This lady has clearly turned her back on winter as she climbs the stairs to the Grand Tier in white pumps and a white floral coat adorned with a big pink bow. I am absolutely in love with this coat. To me it has an almost Japanese feel to it, the over-sized bow reminding me of the obi on a kimono.
Well, another Met season under my belt. Time to get ready for Bayreuth and Wagner’s Ring des Niebelungen next month (See The Hunt for the Perfect Special Occasion Shoe). It’s also time for me to look over my evening gown collection and make some decisions. I’ll need to take four with me. So far, I’ve narrowed it down to two florals, one red and one basic black; however, I might change my mind at the last minute………..or not. We'll see.