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Kanye West, Claudia Schiffer, and Stefano Pilati Celebrate the Met's 125th

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It was a case of straight from the front row to the orchestra seats Sunday night. No sooner had the curtain closed on Paris fashion week than Yves Saint Laurent and the Metropolitan Opera were pairing up for a star-packed gala in honor of the New York opera house's 125th anniversary. Joining the likes of Claire Danes, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Parker Posey for cocktails before the curtain went up were such show vets as Claudia Schiffer and Kanye West. "I've sampled opera [on my records]," West said. "But this is my first time actually going to one." Luckily, the main event—a roundup of greatest hits with performances by Renée Fleming and Plácido Domingo—was neophyte-friendly. "Even for people that are not so much into it, it's a great experience," enthused host Stefano Pilati. The designer's YSL campaign star Claudia Schiffer, who claimed she suffered from an overdose of Aida as a child in Düsseldorf, brought her hankies: "I always start crying, that's my problem." A lack of opera in Diane Kruger's German upbringing, meanwhile, didn't prevent the actress from envisioning her dream debut. "Carmen!" the flaxen-haired actress declared. "The blonde version."

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