Well.... I'm just taking my 8 year old for the experience (she was just accepted to study at the conservatory here in Lausanne)...Sophia Coppola is directing it so who knows what to expect anyways...I doubt any mention of buying a tux would be appreciated by my wife...So I think my options are pretty much between a DB or SB suit...Going off the whole "no navy after dark" thing, and leaving out light grey as too informal...That pretty much leaves me with charcoal...right? So the question is....Can I get away with playing around a bit with a charcoal windowpane DB (perhaps even with some vintage rioja G&Gs) or should I go with a solid charcoal SB and black cap-toes?
BTW...Where were your seats? decent view and sound?
Wonderful about your daughter. Classical music was the source of many happy memories for me as I am sure it will be for her.
I would go with the DB if you do not own a black tie outfit. I always smile when I see people in a well fitting DB suit, especially in the evening. So few people wear them these days that it feels like someone put in a bit of thought in what they'd wear on the night. I couldn't see the windowpane until you pointed it out, so it's clearly subtle enough to be a go.
Charcoal was the colour of business during the Industrial Revolution, distinguishing capitalists who worked for a living from the idle gentry, but I think that distinction has been lost in the many decades since (after all, nobody wears tails to the opera anymore). Navy looks fine in the evening, as demonstrated by this photo of Prince Charles receiving Emperor Akihito where both wear it: