“When other friendships are for the birds, ours will sing in thirds! Lahdle-ahdle-ahdle-dig-dig-dig!”

The cher public are surely already fluffing the sofa pillows and uncrating the snacks for tonight’s broadcast of the Met’s opening night performance of Norma. The free broadcast and the obligatory parterre chat both begin at 6:00 PM EDT. (The opera proper begins approximately 6:30.)

(Photo: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera)