Tacoma Opera’s ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ boast costumes from famous collection


Tacoma Opera’s production of “Lucia di Lammermoor” is scheduled to open Oct. 26. In addition to a great story, music and sets, the production promises lavish costume design.

“The costumes for our production of ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ are going to be absolutely stunning,” said Tacoma Opera Artistic Director Noel Koran. “They are being given to us by one of my favorite costumers on the planet, my dear colleague, friend and costumer extraordinaire, Elizabeth Wislar. I’ve known and worked with Elizabeth on a wide variety of productions for the last 16 years and she is one of the most creative and wonderful artists I’ve had the honor of working with.”

The costumes for this production have been graciously loaned from the prestigious Kruger Collection, under the supervision of Wislar, in loving memory of Maria Levy. Bonnie Kruger, the original designer of these gorgeous costumes in the Kruger Collection, has spent the past 32 years as Professor of the Practice and Costume Director for Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She holds an MFA from the University of Illinois and has designed costumes for more than 200 productions in theatre, opera, dance and film for companies throughout the United States and Europe. Her principal research interest is in the reconstruction of Baroque opera costume designs for which she has lectured and been recognized as a specialist, largely as a result of her work with the Goettingen Handel Festival where she designed costumes for 20 years with Nicholas McGegan, artistic director. This collection is housed with Wislar, and honors Kruger’s contributions to the world of Baroque opera costume design and her unyielding passion for education, research and mentoring. Many of these costumes graced the stages of the Handel Opera Festival in Gottingen, Germany and were worn by notable performers.

“Lucia di Lammermoor,” written in 1835, is the epitome of early 19th century tragic opera and is considered to be Gaetano Donizetti’s masterpiece. The early 19th century is known as the “bel canto” period of Italian opera and was dominated by three great composers, Gioachino Rossini, Vincenzo Bellini, and Donizetti. The term “bel canto” means beautiful singing and these three composers were the best there were at composing for the voice. The vocal music of these three composers is unsurpassed for beauty of musical tone, lyricism, and melody. It was a period in opera when the singer reigned supreme and the artists that sing this repertoire today need superb technical skills and artistic finesse to do this glorious music justice.

For more information, visit www.tacomaopera.com.

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