1 As we arrived, we were right behind the Metropolitan Opera's General Director Peter Gelb and his wife Kerri-Lynn Wilson. Notice the giant screen in the plaza where a huge audience will view the opera?
2 The plaza outside had seating for 3,000 for anyone who wanted to enjoy the beautiful night and singing. This outdoor audience pays nothing and this idea, common elsewhere in the world, is a relatively new notion to New Yorkers.
3 Chris Herbert, my nephew, and I did an interview with Paula Zahn for PBS.
4 With Bill Cunningham, the famous New York Times photographer. I always try to capture his photo at every event, just for fun!
5 I wore a wonderful satin short coat by Ralph Rucci and an utterly gorgeous Ralph Rucci pearl tunic with Carolina Herrera brown sequined trousers.
6 Chris, handsome in his tux, in the lobby of the Met
7 A nice shot of the two of us
8 With Graham Parker, Vice President of WQXR - He is one of Chris' friends.
9 Here I am at our seats. We arrived approximately 15 minutes before curtain and the auditorium was still half empty. We had very good seats, in fact most of the orchestra is very good.
10 Looking at the opera house from next to the orchestra pit - The grand tiers are beautiful and the boxes are held by many corporations and private individuals with season tickets.
11 The beautiful starburst chandeliers were recently completely restored, thanks to a generous donation from Swarovski. The chandeliers were originally gifted from the Vienna State Opera.
12 A look into the pit - The orchestra, conducted by Marco Armiliato, is one of the best in the world.
13 Here I am in front of the stage.
14 And Chris in front of the stage
15 The Metropolitan Opera House was designed by Wallace K. Harrison in 1956, although the Metropolitan Opera Company has been around since 1880.
16 It seats 3800 people, with standing room space for an additional 195 people. There are five horseshoe shaped tiers of balcony seating.
17 The curved panels on the ceiling are not only for aesthetics, but for sound. They are acoustic reflectors, which help catch sound and bounce it to fill the room. The cast does not rely on microphones for sound amplification except for rare situations.
18 The chandeliers are raised prior to the start of the performance, so as not to obstruct anyone's view.
19 We asked many of the guests and patrons to pose for photos that evening. No one said 'no' to Chris, who was taking the pictures. This lady wore a charming navy taffeta dress.
20 This woman had on a silvery metallic sequined sheath.
21 President and Chief Content Officer of Sirius XM Radio - Scott Greenstein with his charming and beautifully dressed wife, Sharon. Scott loves music!
22 This woman was radiant in a silk brocade dress and satin coat. Her jewels were also very impressive.
23 This Roberto Cavalli dress could not look better on anyone else, and the lady's diamonds were also very impressive!
24 This young woman was stunning in a two-piece sequined dress.
25 Julie Macklowe wore a spectacular Carolina Herrera dress with a thin red sash.
26 NBC news anchor Chuck Scarborough and his beautifully attired wife, Ellen
27 Shirley Lord Rosenthal looked divine!
28 My old friend, Nathan and his bedazzled wife dressed in black
29 This woman was so happy to be photographed - she was stunning.
30 Lucia Hwong-Gordon - composer and instrumentalist - wore a very well-draped red dress.
31 Ray Giordano and his beautiful daughter, Christine are old friends from Nutley, New Jersey.
32 I loved the simplicity of Gillian Miniter's dress - diamond necklaces were very much in evidence.
33 Barbara Tober, former editor-in-chief of Brides Magazine, was gorgeous, as usual, in a festive black and white dress.
34 Lydia Weiss was also stunning, as were her rubies and diamonds. Her husband, George, is behind.
35 With Peggy Siegal, famed New York publicist - Peggy was wearing some very serious jewelry!
36 Crystal Renn - model - and Zac Posen - designer - Zach always escorts a beauty dressed, of course, in one of his fashions, although not this time.
37 Posing fun - I think the raised eyebrow look is not for me.
38 Kerri-Lynn Wilson, wife of Peter Gelb, is an opera conductor and was Chris' conductor when he was in 7th grade and a violist in the Norwalk Youth Symphony in Connecticut.
39 The set designer Robert Jones (on the right) and his partner, a TV personality in the UK.
40 Andrew George, the choreographer, and David McVicar, the director - This was in Peter Gelb's office at intermission.
41 Here I am with composer, Nico Muhly.
42 With the famous bass-baritone Bryn Terfel
43 This blue beaded dress was very striking on the red carpet of the Met.
44 Actress Leelee Sobieski, wearing Mary Katrantzou ‘Kite Runner’ printed silk-jacquard dress, with husband Adam Kimmel
45 The dress featured a racer back.
46 After the show many people were still watching on the screens and clapping for their favorite stars.
47 With David Stark, who designed the gala and also designed Chris' wedding at my farm.
48 David Stark and Chris
49 David really took the Tudor theme to a new height, using imagery from Hans Holbein paintings of the era. He created stained-glass windows, which were suspended from the tent ceilings.
50 The tables were lovely with plenty of flutes and flowers.
51 The centerpieces were something out of Henry VIII's court dinners.
52 There was also a very long banquet table.
53 With Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger
54 Entering the tent with David Koch - philanthropist and business man
55 There was much merriment.
56 Adam Kimmel, Leelee Sobieski, and Anthony Roth Costanzo
57 Christine Baranski and her daughter, Lilly Cowles, applauding as Anna Netrebko, the star of the opera walked by
58 Henry Kissinger, Peter Gelb, Anna Netrebko, Sid and Mercedes Bass, and Oscar de la Renta
59 Erwin Schrott (Anna Netrebko's husband) and Mercedes Bass
60 Anna Netrebko was fabulous as Anna Bolena.
61 Mercedes Bass in the white gown with Peggy Siegel
62 Peter Duchin - pianist and band leader