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Crafted in the style of an old fashioned carousel animal, this charming elephant ornament, mounted on a gold pole with his trunk high in the air, is made of resin and exquisitely detailed with a mask of emerald green and a gold tasseled, royal blue saddle-cloth.
The ornament measure 4” H and is attached to a gold string for display purposes.
A delightful memento of the many animals featured in operas like those seen at the Met.
- 4” H
Animals in the Opera
From Aida to Carmen, from Die Zauberflöte to the Ring cycle—animals both real and mythological have been seen on the operatic stage for centuries.
Horses, donkeys, bears, elephants, birds, dragons, and many others are featured as minor, and sometimes major, characters in operas performed all over the world. In the Met’s first season at Lincoln Center in 1966–67, goats and a camel were seen in the world premiere of Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra.
More recently, horses have graced the stage in La Fanciulla del West, among others, a mule appeared in Pagliacci, and a pair of Irish Wolfhounds starred in Lucia di Lammermoor. Audience favorite Sir Gabriel the Donkey has had recurring roles in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and La Bohème.
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