May 3, 2022, 11:18 | Updated: May 3, 2022, 12:37
The sexiest look of the Met Gala 2022? Lizzo’s 18k green gold flute is worth $55,000 – obviously.
The first verses of the French composer Claude Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun could be heard drifting down the steps of last night’s Met Gala 2022.
But instead of coming from a speaker, perhaps providing background music to the high-class annual event that brings together the brightest lights in fashion, film, TV, music, sports and social media, the music came from American R&B singer-songwriter Lizzo.
The classically trained flautist accompanied her stunning black and gold baroque look, hand-embroidered by American designer Thom Browne, with an equally beautiful green gold flute.
But Lizzo’s flute was no mere accessory to her outfit, and she delighted Gala press and fans around the world by raising the instrument to her lips to perform short renditions of the flute solo from overture to the symphonic poem for orchestra by Debussy. Look below.
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The flute, titled The Dryad’s Touch, is worth $55,000 (£44,000) and is made from 18k green gold. The musical instrument is the latest addition to Lizzo’s collection, which already includes her solid silver Muramatsu flutes, named Sasha and blue ivy.
The musical instrument has intricate depictions on its body, including ladybugs, spiders and a web, other beetles, flowers and leaves, bark, a turtle and a fairy.
Lizzo originally introduced fans to The Dryad’s Touch ahead of the gala, posting a video on her flute-dedicated Instagram account (yes, that’s one thing) showing his reaction to playing and hearing the expensive instrument for the first time.
To demonstrate the flute’s abilities, Lizzo played through the 19th century composer’s overture, Franz Doppler’s work for solo flute and orchestra, Hungarian pastoral fantasy.
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Fans were thrilled to point out the instrument’s exceptional tone, and some even asked if she could work in a few bars of the Doppler in her next chart-topping hit.
Well, if anyone could, it would be Lizzo. We can’t wait for the remix!