Friday, November 14, 2008

A Night at the Opera

The November meeting for the Toronto Bead Society was held at the Canadian Opera Company. The costume coordinator, Sandra Corazza and the wig and makeup supervisor, Sharon Ryman, took two of the TBS members and transformed them into opera characters (more about that in tomorrow's post). Displays were set up around the rehearsal hall in which we gathered, showing various costumes and wigs used in opera productions put on by the COC in recent years, arranged to show a progression of styles demonstrating the way fashion has changed over the years. It was interesting to listen to Sharon and Sandra describe how both the costumes and the wigs and makeup need to be something the performer is comfortable wearing, in order that their performance is not restricted, either physically or emotionally. I think the same can be said about jewellery - you must wear something you enjoy, so that it brings you pleasure to wear it.

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