Music: Black Ties, No Kilts

Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House last week opened its first World War II season—not quite as usual. A few Manhattan dowagers, of almost Egyptian preservation, clung valiantly to their tiaras and diamond necklaces. Two fur coats were stolen. Two bewildered attendants rushed up & down the lobby holding aloft a lady's shoe. But the customary gaudy chaos of Met openings was lacking. Uniforms outnumbered top hats. The "Penguin Club," a stag organization of staid oldsters who have dressed to the nines in their second-tier box at every opening since 1899, descended to the informality...

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