It seems like all of Dallas turned out last night for the opening of the Winspear Opera House. For real. Carol Allen, Director of the Northeast Texas Choral Society, and I walked into the venue next to Roger Staubach.We rode in the elevator with Margot Winspear and her family. Her late husband, Bill, gave the inital $42 million gift to the Dallas Opera - the hall is named for them.
We sat one row up and about 10 seats over from a woman who looked like Marilyn Monroe at 60+ ... platinum blonde hair, white diamond necklace, white satin gown, white satin opera gloves, a white mink and white satin shoes. I can't make this stuff up.
Former First Lady Laura Bush was there, but we couldn't see her from where we were sitting. She received a warm Dallas welcome.
Making our way out of the hall, we passed the Sultan of Brunei and his posse - or at least his first born male child, because they're the only people I know who could afford to buy THAT many diamonds. He had at least 5 karats in each ear. He had a 22" or 24" inch rope of them around his neck ... probably at least 2 karats each. He had on a diamond pin that was anchored with Carol called a "walnut-sized" pear-shaped diamond that had to weigh in at over 60 karats. I've never seen anything like it. His lady friend had on an honest to GAWD diamond tiara that they probably bought from the estate of the late Princess Diana.
We saw smooth faces (there are a gazillion plastic surgeons in Dallas), lots of blonde hair, a world of Jimmy Choo 4" heels, feathers, beads, sequins, mink stoles and little black dresses. The must have accessory of the evening was *anything* red ... red is the hue of choice this season, what with that big red glass drum wrapping around the entire venue ... I wore red flats and a red glass bracelet a friend gave me years ago ... they paled in comparison, but it was my contribution to the evening.
Oh, yeah. We walked back to our cars with Gary Cogill, who was just as excited about the opera as we were. He's a delightful man who still finds a lot of fun in everything!
I'll write about the opera, today's press conference, the hall and the fabulous people behind the scenes who made this magic happen later ... right now I have to get ready for a 40th high school class reunion.
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