Diverse and dramatic, opera costumes are the first thing to appear in the spotlight, even before the performer has sung a note. And behind every costume dozens of hands, and many more fingers, have painstakingly crafted these sublime creations in the shadows.
What is the purpose of an opera costume? The costume allows the performer to be visible in all the particularities of his or her character, even from the back of the auditorium. Certain elements of the costume can be deliberately exaggerated or simplified: collars, trains, ornamentation, hairstyles and make-up. The costume is an integral part of the production. Through its shape, colour and line, the costume is a set in movement, like an open window on the director's dramatic intentions. See where OperaVision's costumes workshop takes you.