Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has revamped [some of] The Metropolitan Opera's Met Titles. The Made in Italy duo, based in Milan, have backed a new initiative that brings Italian translations to [Italian] opera librettos that are wired through the Lincoln Center opera house.
Titles were previously available only in English, Spanish and German, but on September 24, with the opening of Donizetti's L'Elisir d' Amore, Italian language will be available for all 28 operas of the 2012-13 season. [UPDATE: The Metropolitan Opera clarifies that Italian titles will only be available for Italian-language operas in it's entire season. Met Titles will not be available in Italian for operas sung in other languages.]
Domenico & Dolce have straddled the opera and fashion world frequently -- a 2009 collection evoked Maria Callas and Italian opera houses; a 20th anniversary celebration in Milan in 2010 blasted Verdi on the sound system; and earlier this year, we were at the Milan MFW runway show to a soundtrack of Pavarotti's La Traviata.
As for an opening night gala sighting of the Italian duo? Milan Fashion Week kicks off on September 19 with Gucci and ends on September 24 with Roberto Cavalli, with Dolce & Gabbana's runway show at 2pm on September 23. OC usually heads to Principe's spa to ease into post-Milan Fashion Week burn out, but those two are inexhaustible!