PARK AND RECREATION: The legendary soprano Renata Scotto was the featured attraction at the National Arts Club at Gramercy Park on Friday evening. A film of her life was shown, and then she reminisced about her career with David Zyla, a designer and writer who is head of the Fashion Committee at the club.
Scotto, who is 80, appeared in 45 operatic roles over a 40-year singing career, then went on to costume and direct opera, and there was a display of her costume designs on view. Two of her students, Ying Fang and Benjamin Bliss, sang. Scotto, said, “I was always interested in theater and also directing. All my career with great directors, I would always do anything they want.” She recalled envisioning Bellini’s “La Sonnambula” when she directed it “as a nightmare that goes through the night.”
K.C. Weakley and Suzie Sims-Fletcher, who were serving as models for a sketching segment of the evening, were among the most amusingly dressed in the place. Weakley, who said he had learned to sew when he was 10, wore a polished cotton jacket, tights and a bishop’s mitre he had created himself, with ultra-dramatic false eyelashes, while Sims-Fletcher sported a vintage kimono she had picked up on a trip to Japan and long braids.