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Don Carlo Red Elizabetta Costume

Item# 10058926


Don Carlo Red Elizabetta Costume

This elegant costume was created by Ray Diffen for the character of Elizabeth in the Metropolitan Opera’s 1979 production of Verdi’s Don Carlo. The designs are based on historical fashion as seen in original 16th and 17th-century court portraits by Alonso Sanchez Coello and Diego Velazquez. Made of red velvet, the costume was worn by Margaret Price and Aprile Millo, among others, for the Act III auto-da-fé. They were most recently used during the Met’s 2011 Japan tour. Sewn inside the costume are eleven Metropolitan Opera labels with hand-written notes designating the Opera, Act, and Name of each performer who wore the costume.

Dimensions: 73'L x 17'W x 73'H; bust, 30.5"W; waist, 24"W; sleeve, 25"L

Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo

Verdi’s longest and most ambitious opera is a powerful epic of love and politics set in France and Spain at the height of the Inquisition. The score combines intimate solos and ensembles with grand choral scenes, most notably the monumental auto-da-fé that ends Act III. Following its 1867 premiere in Paris (sung in French as Don Carlos), the composer revised the opera several times over a period of almost 20 years. Nicholas Hytner’s Met production, first seen in 2010, presents Don Carlo in its original five acts, sung in Italian.

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