Sunday, February 01, 2009

Opera Fifth Avenue

From a Met Newsflash: The Met's 125th anniversary has inspired Saks Fifth Avenue's first window display of the spring season, which was unveiled last weekend. The display combines accessories from the store's spring collection with original costumes from a century and a quarter of Met history. Some of the costumes on view include the hat and coat worn by Enrico Caruso in Pagliacci in 1903, Regina Resnik's dress from the 1965 The Queen of Spades, and a gown designed by Christian Lacroix for Renée Fleming in this season's new production of Thaïs. It's the third collaboration between Saks and the Met. Previous window displays were inspired by Anthony Minghella's production of Madama Butterfly and the 2007-08 season's new productions of Hansel and Gretel, Peter Grimes, and Satyagraha.

Bidu Sayao - Massenet's Manon 1937

Pilar Lorengar - Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflote - 1967

Lucia Popp - The Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflote 1967

Jerome Hines - Sarastro in Mozart's Die Zauberflote 1967

Leontyne Price in Verdi's Aida 1985

Anna Moffo - Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata 1966

Chorus costume - Verdi's La Traviata 1966

Placido Domingo - Verdi's Otello 1994

Geraldine Farrar - Massenet's Manon 1909

Regina Resnik - Countess in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades

Renée Fleming - Massenet's Thais 2008

Luciano Pavarotti - Duke of Mantau in Verdi's Rigoletto 1989

Enrico Caruso - Canio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci 1903 and Maria Jeritza - Puccini's Turandot 1926

Ezio Pinza Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov


Vera H. said...

Love it! Wish I could catch it in person.

Sibyl said...

As a costumer and opera fan I am gobsmacked. Thank you SarahB!

Gabriel said...

thanks for the pics! for us non-NYers it's very interesting, now i know there are cool designs for singers too.

Elizabeth McDonald said...

WOW - fantastic costumes and what a great way of bringing the city together!

Thanks for the pics!