The Diva's Dresses

A blog dedicated to the stage costumes within the world of opera.

Jun 9

darklady-iria said: Have an incredible day!

Aw, you too! <3


Jan 21

Role(s): Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Don Ottavio
Singer(s): Anna Netrebko, Malena Ernman, Charles Castronovo
Opera: Don Giovanni (Mozart)

I am simply enchanted by these elegant black ensembles. It’s hard to pick a favourite, but Malena’s tailcoat is hard to beat! The leather gloves are a nice touch, too.

Baden-Baden, 2013. Photos by Stephanie Schweigert and Jochen Klenk. The last photographer is unknown - it’s from Malena’s official Facebook page. I felt that it needed to be here. Yes.


May 18
Those costumes are fabulous! And I believe Anna Virovlansky and Tansel Akzeybek are Pamina and Tamino here.

Thanks a bunch! I’ll add their names right away.


Role: Queen of the Night
Singer: Julia Novikova
Opera: Die Zauberflöte (W. A. Mozart)

Julia Novikova in a production from Bonn. It’s quite unusual to see a Queen of the Night costume in such warm colours, but I like it. Unfortunately I do not know the names of Tamino or Pamina - if you happen to know, feel free to enlighten me! (EDIT: the lovely parmandil has informed me that their names are Anna Virovlansky and Tansel Akzeybek)


Apr 28

Role: Sesto
Singer: Isabel Leonard
Opera: Giulio Cesare (G.F. Händel)

Isabel Leonard makes the most convincing “boy” I’ve ever seen. Ever.


Apr 14

Role: Klytämnestra
Singer: Jill Grove
Opera: Elektra (R. Strauss)

Jill Grove portraying an extraordinarily vicious Queen Klytämnestra, mother of Elektra. I’m taken aback by the amazing stage design, I urge you to take a closer look at the last picture to catch all the details! I love the idea of having a bald Queen and bald handmaidens, such a striking contrast to Elektra’s (portrayed by Christine Goerke) long unkept hair.

Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2012.


Mar 6

Role: Oscar, page of Riccardo/Gustavo
Singer: Shannon Mercer
Opera: Un ballo in maschera (G. Verdi)

The Canadian Opera Company, 2003. 
(Photo by Michael Cooper)


Feb 28
Role: Madame de la Haltière, stepmother of CendrillonSinger: Marie-Ange TodorovitchOpera: Cendrillon (J. Massenet)
Definitely getting some Queen of Hearts vibes here&#8230;

Role: Madame de la Haltière, stepmother of Cendrillon
Singer: Marie-Ange Todorovitch
Opera: Cendrillon (J. Massenet)

Definitely getting some Queen of Hearts vibes here…


Feb 15

Role: Jezibaba
Singer: Agnes Zwierko
Opera: Rusalka (A. Dvořák)

Sometimes I really wish I had been born a mezzo, because I LOVE all the menacing witch roles… This is a particularly evil-looking Jezibaba, portrayed by Agnes Zwierko.


Role: Anne TruloveSinger: Miah PerssonOpera: The Rake&#8217;s Progress  (I. Stravinsky)
Miah Persson as Anne Trulove in the 2010 Glyndebourne production of The Rake&#8217;s Progress. Designs by David Hockney.

Role: Anne Trulove
Singer: Miah Persson
Opera: The Rake’s Progress  (I. Stravinsky)

Miah Persson as Anne Trulove in the 2010 Glyndebourne production of The Rake’s Progress. Designs by David Hockney.


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