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Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Fashion | 2 comments

LA Phil’s Designer Don Giovanni

by Christie Connolley

The images are in from the star-studded design collaboration of the LA Philharmonic’s production of Don Giovanni and they are stunning.   Set designer, Frank Gehry worked in tandem with costume designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the duo behind the fashion house Rodarte to create a hauntingly beautiful aesthetic.

“It took a while to understand the characters, their motivations and what we wanted to visualize. Frank told us from the beginning that it was about the music, and our job was to help that. The costumes are the kind of thing that you want to lift the music — you don’t want to compete or kill it,” said Kate Mulleavy.

(Photo Credit: Autumn de Wilde)

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2 Comments

  1. I saw this last week. It was painful. The orchestra and singers were great but the production completely ruined the story. Don Giovanni is one of my favorite operas and Mariusz Kwiecien is my favorite Don Giovanni and I had a hard time getting through it. It looked like the singers were told that they weren’t allowed to act. Everything was sung without any action at all. This is not the kind of production we need to further the amazing art of opera.

  2. I didn’t see the opera and so cannot attest to the staging or direction, but can say that the costumes are stupendous, and also perfectly suited to characters and set. As a performer I would be grateful to wear such gorgeous and well-thought-out costumes and sing with such a cast and conductor!

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