The Metropolitan Opera celebrated opening night in the usual splendor: boxes and parterres filled with swells dressed swell and sparkling with jewels. One can only thank heaven for this elegant evening, a beacon in a melee of "social events," trashy...

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When she was finished with them, she greeted such top brass as the chairman of Lincoln Center Bruce Crawford and Mrs. Crawford, Met President Paul Montrose and Mrs. Montrose, and Met General Manager Joseph Volpe and Mrs. Volpe. Brava, Bravissima. The opening night performance was underwritten by the William T. Morris Foundation and Deutsche Bank underwrote the gala for the second year.

Those who loved and miss Princess Margaret will have a chance to buy a memento from her married life. Her ex-husband Lord Snowden is having a little sale with the blessings of their children, Viscount Linley and Lady Sarah Chatto, at Sotheby’s in London Sept. 30. Snowden’s country estate in Sussex called "Old House" was sold this summer for almost $2 million. You should know that his grandmother created the house by putting three cottages together, in the Jacobean style, and that his uncle, the wonderful designer Oliver Messel — who told me what color to paint my living room ceiling and helped mix the paint himself — left it to him two years before his wedding to Margaret in 1960. They spent a lot of time there, collecting rooms full of little treasures. Snowden, one of the world’s most recognized photographers, now says there is not enough room in his Kensington apartment for everything. All 194 lots will be on display today and tomorrow at the Olympia Exhibition Center in London. Among the things he’s parting with are lovely pieces of Georgian furniture, an oak table with Viscount Linley’s name carved on it, a croquet set and four embroidered baby caps dating from the 18th century which have been in his family for generations. The auction could bring in almost $1 million. As for the family jewels, they’ve gone back to the Tower of London.

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan will fly into New York for the Rita Hayworth Gala, called "The Lady from Shanghai" at the Waldorf Oct. 3. This will mark the 18th year Yasmin has chaired this annual celebration, which pays tribute to her mother, the eternal movie idol Rita Hayworth, while raising millions for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, from which Hayworth suffered. Deborah Norville will be the evening’s mistress of ceremonies and philanthropist Margo Catsimatides will be honored along with Butch Trucks — love that name — the lead drummer for the Allman Brothers Band. Butch will receive a special caregivers award and he and his band will play all the live-long night.
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