Monday, March 16, 2009
Last night was the most exceptional evening at the Met. The stars were as many on stage as in the audience but the brightest of all had to be Mercedes Bass, the Gala Chiarman.
Placido sang 4 times in recreations of classic productions from the company's history signaling his 4 decades with the Met. The evening also included the amazing voices of Renee Flemming, Juan Diego Florez, Deborah Voight and Natalie Dessay just to name a few.
I was kept busy as guests arrived in waves. Claire Danes was gracefully elegant in a blue silk gown, Parker Posey wore purple, Brooke Shields wore black, Ginnifer Goodwin wore a colored chiffon number, Amber Rose was bright in white, Becki Newton wore a green sequin dress while the men looked charming in their tuxes.
After the performance the guests went to the tent where David Stark had worked his magic. Banner's that were inspired from the original programs hung from the ceiling and also covered the masses of candles on every table. Red roses accented the room in small posies scattered between the candles.
In keeping with the times Mrs Bass chose a simple yet delicious meal for the evening. The guests started with salad followed by meat loaf and then instead of dessert, trays of petit fours were passed. It was after midnight as the guests were leaving, Mrs Bass and Renee Fleming found a quiet corner for a private moment to chat about their passion for the Met.
Tent by David Stark