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This is one of those operas the aficionados all know, but have seldom, if ever, seen. It is the beginning of something new. Leaving the Baroque behind it marks the beginning of German language Romantic opera; full of supernatural happenings and the conflict between good and evil; often with strangely religious connotations.
How to costume this? The initial production, in 1843, was set at the end of the Thirty Years War. This meant oceans of lace, padded breeches, velvet, gold braid, etc. This picture seems to conflict with the new Romantic Movement, the libretto and even the music. How to … Read more
Jeannette and I have just returned from New York where we attended the glorious Pierre Bonnard exhibition at the Met, followed at once by the ravishing – utterly disorienting fashion show by Ralph Rucci which took place in a gigantic white tent which filled Bryant Park at 6th and 41st. The sheer number of security guards blocking the entrance staircase heightened the impression that something exclusive and practically dangerous was about to take place.
Jeanne Beker met us at the entrance and cut a swath through the hundreds of waiting people, taking us backstage in order to … Read more
I’m very excited! Jeannette and I have received our official invitations to CHADO, Ralph Rucci’s fashion show which will close fashion week in New York. This much coveted invitation to the Fall/Winter 2009 collection comes to us courtesy of Canada’s spectacular high priestess of fashion, Jeanne Beker.
Jeanne has been coming to OA shows for years and during a lunch carefully orchestrated by OA patron Melissa Vincent Chepa, Jeannette and I had the opportunity to discuss the idea of a major couture designer creating costumes for an upcoming Opera Atelier/Luminato collaboration. When we told Jeanne the name and plot of … Read more