Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Sketches: Christian Lacroix's Opera Costumes
STAGE LEFT: It will be the first Paris couture season next week without a Christian Lacroix collection. But the designer is still in hot demand for stage costumes, and his latest designs will be unveiled on Feb. 4, when the Baroque opera “Agrippina” premieres at the State Opera Unter den Linden in Berlin. The George Frideric Handel opera not only marks Lacroix’s debut at the Berlin opera house, but that of French director Vincent Boussard and set designer Vincent Lemaire, as well. For the current staging of the 300-year-old work, Lacroix has been shuttling between the French and German capitals since November to personally oversee the fittings. Alexandrina Pendatchanska sings the title role, accompanied by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin under the direction of René Jacobs.
Good for him......he's taken quite a blow; I'm sure that he's happy that he can still offer his unique brand of design no matter the arena.