I'm having quite the week as it turns out. Monday afternoon while walking my dogs, I tripped on the curb and badly bruised my foot, so much so that we initially thought it was broken. Thankfully, it isn't, but it's been very difficult to walk and there are no high heels in my immediate future :(
Last night, my eye was hurting and I noticed that the lid was a little swollen. This morning it is almost swollen shut. I made the comment to my husband that I look like Quasimodo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and he agreed!!!! Needless to say, I will be off to the doctor shortly.
I started this post Monday evening but ended up falling asleep before I got it finished. A few weeks back, I shared with you that I would be going to St. Louis, Missouri for an opera festival and to my surprise, Isaac Mizrahi had designed the costumes for The Magic Flute. Not only did he design the costumes, he also directed the opera, quite a feat! The opera was magical, just as The Magic Flute should be. He did take a little different twist on the opera as he injected quite a bit of dance. This was one production that I so wished I could have take pictures, but of course that is not allowed, but I did find lots of pictures, so I think I can walk you through the production.
Every production of The Magic Flute that I've seen is full of magical animals.Below is a sketch of what Isaac Mizrahi envisioned.
And here you see the animals on stage.
Each character in the opera had a dance double. Above you see the dance double for the character of Pamina. Pamina is the daughter of The Queen of The Night and the love interest of Prince Tamino.
The costume for Tamino,
was a exact copy of the costume that Gene Kelly wore in the movie An American in Paris. In fact, there were many references to classic Hollywood movies throughout the opera.
The Queen of the Night was very Hollywood. Under the long robe was a pair of palazzo pants and a fabulous halter top.
He did a very interesting take on her court's costumes, big voluminous sequined tulle skirts with small tailored jackets.
Since the story revolves around the very funny bird catcher, Papagano, there are many birds in the production. The above costume was incredible, he flapped and fluttered just as a bird would.
Check out those feather pants!!!
I think that the ostrich was my absolute favorite costume. The dancer was able to interject such hilarity into his part. The black tights were not used in the production that I saw, rather hot pink tights. Such fun!!!
As I said in the earlier post that I did, I am so happy to see Isaac Mizrahi realizing dreams especially after all the disappointment he had early on in his career. For me there was a little life lesson in all of this, even when everything seems to go wrong, don't give up. You never know what life holds for you tomorrow.
I hope to be back later today with The Wednesday Showcase. Fingers crossed!!!