A performance of Massenet's Thais at The Met featuring Thomas Hampson and a svelte Christian Lacoroix attired Renee Fleming would exert a strong pull. Both are fine artists, and the reviews have all been very good, for this opera that has not been performed here in 30 years.
Before or after the opera we might want to fortify ourselves with a little nibble. What then could be nicer, amidst all the festivities, than some blini with caviar? With the snow coming down all around you, you just might want to make your way to The Russian Tea Room. Humming "Laura's Theme," you can pretend you're Dr Zhivago, a Czar or an Oligarch. If you feel like staying for dinner there's also Poached Maine Lobster, plates of Herring, Apple and Beet Salad, and Black Cod pan seared with a Vanilla Parsnip puree.
Proscuitto Wrapped Trumpet Royales
Calves Liver Au Poivre
Me, I'll be cuddled up in my Womb Chair with a warm cup of Sri Lankan Ratnapura. Amidst the warmth and the glow of Chopin Nocturnes gently burnished by Ivan Moravec.