The Ravello festival of classical music has begun, and within it, in the year of Verdi’s 125th anniversary since his death, a special exhibition featuring opera costumes from Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera’s Archives has been set up to honour a sometimes overlooked art.
Verdi’s and Wagner’s
Opera costumes At Ravello Festival
Unlike many other forms of classical music, opera is as visual as it is audio. One of the timeless aspects that seduce about opera, as well as the music and story lines are the grand settimgs and costumes. In an age where musical theatre and performance art are kings of the stage, an exhibition held at Villa Rufolo, during the 2013 Ravello Festival, honours a creative, sunptous and painstakingly precise art: opera and its stage costumes.
Crafted using the fabrics and know how of the most highly crafted couture gowns, opera costumes are wearable pieces of art. Exquisite and priceless, incredibly sumptuous and refined costumes have graced the stages of the best opera houses in the world.
The “Verdi and Wagner: two centuries of elegance” exhibition at Villa Rufolo honours the art and crafts of opera costumes which reflected the grand 19th century. Featuring stage costumes from Aida, Othello, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Tristan und Isolde and Lohengrin amongst many others the salons of Villa Rufolo seem to come alive with the splendour of ages gone by.
As well as actual clothes designed by some of the most outrageous and inventive designers of the genre like Caramba, De Nobili, Donati, Anni and Tosi, on display there are also sketches and costumes designed by come Giorgio De Chirico, Renato Guttuso, Pablo Picasso and Giacomo Manzù.
The most precious costume on show, surprisingly a men’s costume is from the Rigoletto, the Duke of Mantua’s draped blue and gold suit with purple cape worn by Luciano Pavarotti in 1966.
The exhibition’s star value is propagated by the knowledge that these costumes have been worn by artists of the calibre of Mattia Battistini, Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Mario Del Monaco, Luciano Pavarotti and by Rudolf Nureyev, Carla Fracci, Vladimir Vassiliev and Roberto Bolle.
Verdi e Wagner: due secoli di eleganza
From July to 31st October
Tagged with: #OPERA
Originally composed in 1852-53, when Verdi was inspired by the performance of Duma’s The Lady of the Camellias on stage in Paris, the beginning of La Traviata was not a happy one, just like that of the protagonist.
2013 is the anniversary of two opera great’s: Wagner and Verdi. La Scala’s 2012/13 season opened with Lohengrin, by the former, but this year, the historic Milanese theatre pays tribute to the great Italian composer with one of his best loved operas: La Traviata.