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Need shopping tips? In the spirit of the holidays, Henry Stewart offers TEN GIFT IDEAS for some of opera’s memorable personalities. 

Style Studio hdl 1215 
Is it the Marchesa? Or Mary Magdalene? Get this guy some lessons! The Painting and Drawing Art Studio of Rome offers English-language-friendly one-session or semester-long classes. New classes start in February. 
€25–35/lesson, €25 registration fee, 
TO: GILDA  (Rigoletto)  
If you’re going to go to your death dressed in the heteronormative costume of the opposite sex, why not do it in style? This black leather Classic Motorcycle Jacket is designed for women, anyway! 
$4,990, Saint Laurent Paris, 
Style YSL Jacket lg 1215 
Style Vineyard hdl 1215 
 TO: NEMORINO (L’Elisir d’Amore)  
Beau Wine Tours  will shuttle you by limousine between four boutique Napa wineries, giving you a quick but rich education in tasting, so that no slick huckster will be able to dupe you into believing cheap Bordeaux is an ancient Celtic love potion.
$125/person, Beau Wine Tours, 
Style Tie lg 1215 
TO: PINKERTON  (Madama Butterfly)  
You’re going to be getting a lot of these from now on, new dad! The Red Chandelier Tie showcases the Met’s “Sputnik” chandelier without looking like a novelty accessory. 
$55, Met Opera Shop, 
TO: CALÀF  (Turandot)  
Nessun dorma adesso!! Just the striking midcentury style of the Arne Jacobsen-inspired Station Alarm Clock should be enough to get you up. 
$135, MoMA Design Store, 
Style Clock lg 1215 
Style Pearls lg 1215 
TO: THE PEARL FISHERS  (Les Pêcheurs de Perles)  
There’s no trouble in Tahiti when it comes to Kamoka, which sources its pearls responsibly. A nice long strand, such as the Baroque Symphony, would allow at least some of Bizet’s fishers to avoid the braving of death that they bemoan in the opening chorus.  
$2,390, Kamoka, 
TO: MANON  (Manon Lescaut)  
If she’d had those jewels packed and ready to go, she just might have made it! The Monte Carlo Jewellry [sic] Box is spacious and zips up tight, to keep out treasurers general. 
$1,180, Louis Vuitton, 
Style LV Wallet 2 lg 1215 
Style Table lg 1215 
TO: MANON  (Manon)  
She won’t be able to say adieu to this petite table. Recycled Brooklyn custom-makes round walnut dining tables, 30” x 30”, each with a different cut of wood, so none is exactly like any other. Perfect for two!  
$1,100, Recycled Brooklyn, 
Style Hermes Scarf hdl 1215 
TO: DESDEMONA  (Otello)  
Clearly, she needs a backup. The Tapis Persans Zoom silk twill pocket square depicts flowers, as the libretto specifies, in a strawberryish hue true to the spirit of the Shakespeare original.  
$175, Hermès, 
Style Tunis Card lg 1215 
TO: DIDON  (Les Troyens)  
It doesn’t have to be goodbye forever! Grimaldi Lines runs a ferry from Tunis to Civitavecchia, roughly the path of old Carthage to old Rome, so she can visit Énée anytime she likes. (Well, it only leaves once a week, but still.)
€77/person and up, Grimaldi Lines, 

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