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Intelligencer: December 27–January 3

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Is There A Doctor In The Opera House?
Singles’ night at the Met: few men—but some are M.D.’s.
It’s tough to meet a straight single man in this town, especially one who likes opera. Two weeks into sales for the Met’s February 10 singles’ night, almost three times more women than men had bought the $95 tickets. The female list was closed, leaving some in tears. One offered to volunteer for the nonexistent “Meet Me at the Met” planning committee. Another wondered if they’d really turn her away if she just “showed up in a ball gown.” Yes. But why are these women so keen anyway? Think Frasier Crane. “We do get a lot of doctors,” says a Met insider. And Met publicist Peter Clark promises the gender balance will right itself somewhat: At “our previous singles’ nights, women signed up months in advance, while men called at the last minute.”

EDITED BY CARL SWANSON


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