Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Lohengrin Cloak by Jean-Philippe Worth ca. 1890

Melba wore this cloak for her role as Elsa, in Wagner’s opera Lohengrin. Following her first appearance as Elsa at the Metropolitan Opera Company, the critic for the New York Tribune remarked: ‘the magnificence of her wardrobe was without a parallel as far as the local stage is concerned’. (quoted in Gray, 2004)  Melba always wore her own costumes, not those belonging to the theatre as had been the standard practice

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