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I’m looking forward to seeing Madama Butterfly at New York City Opera this Friday night with a special group of WQXR Opera Lovers. Naturally, I’ve been thinking about what to wear.

There was a time when going to the opera was considered to be a formal event. And, everyone dressed accordingly. Nowadays, anything goes. You even see jeans and t-shirts at the opera.

On the one hand, I love the fact that some people are comfortable enough with the music to dress casually. But, I find that I’m distracted if I’m too underdressed. I’m certainly not suggesting a black tie requirement at every performance. But, a well dressed audience can actually add to the experience in a special way, don’t you think?