Last night Yves Saint Laurent sponsored the Metropolitan Opera’s premiere of Rossini’s Le Comte Ory at Lincoln Center. The opera stars Juan Diego Florez, Diana Damrau and Joyce DiDonato.
Attending the premiere included Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Emmy Rossum, Harvey Weinstein, Christine Baranski, Claire Danes, and Rufus Wainwright among others. I would have included actresses Julianna Marguiles and Rebecca Hall in that list, had they not chosen to speed walk down the red carpet, clearly failing in their attempts to go unnoticed. While I was not personally offended by their fast exodus, the photographers surrounding me loudly “boo’d” these ladies for their poor form on the carpet. A rarity from what I was later told for what passes for red carpet manners (at least the Olsen twins- see photo above- wowed the press corps).
While many celebrities opted for a no interview night, actress Emmy Rossum chatted with us about recently deceased Elizabeth Taylor, describing the beloved icon as the “epitome of glamour, femininity, sensual, and really classy.” Rossum’s favorite film with Taylor was National Velvet. “She was so beautiful, so young and full of life and that’s how I remember her.”
A New York City native, Rossum joined the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus at the tender age of 7 and within five years she had sung in 20 different operas. With all that talent, it’s no wonder she landed the lead in Joel Schumacher’s 2004 Phantom of the Opera.