In the rush of preparing for la prima madness and settling back into Milan from a recent vacation (more on that in a bit) Opera Chic didn't have much free time to stroll through the masses of Milan's downtown Xmas crushes to follow our yearly tradition of bringing you la prima fever. The past few yast years we've happily been there for you -- in 2006 for Verdi's Aida, in 2007 for Wagner's Tristan, and in 2008 for Verdi's Don Carlo.
This year, opening night was fittingly somber and sober, and Milan was decidedly austere in opening night hype. One exception we found (while dipping into G. Lorenzi's Coltellinaio for gifts on Via Montenapoleone) was the Rolex store, who had decorated their window displays in an eye-catching Scala theme. Not bad, but while O.C. doesn't mind her men in Rolex, she's definitely a (vintage) Cartier girl!