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Mod Meets Mythology: The Costumes of Eurydice at LA Opera | Backstage Video

Stage Directions • Theatre Buzz • July 29, 2020

In this Backstage Video from the LA Opera, Costume Designer, Ana Kuzmanić discusses her costume designs for the LA Opera’s world premiere production of Eurydice. Kuzmanic, who was making her LA Opera debut, was tasked with combining ancient Greek imagery with a 1950s mod aesthetic. Watch to see how it all came together.

This Eurydice, A co-production of LA Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, had its world premiere on February 1, 2020 at the LA Opera. It features music by Matthew Aucoin and a libretto by Sarah Ruhl. (Ruhl’s original play of the same name, upon which the opera is based, premiered at Madison Repertory Theatre (Madison, Wisconsin) on August 29, 2003.) It was originally commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater New Works Program with support from the OPERA America Repertoire Development Grant.

The Creative Team included: 
Director: Mary Zimmerman*
Set Designer: Daniel Ostling*
Costume Designer: Ana Kuzmanić*
Lighting Designer: T.J. Gerckens*
Choreographer: Denis Jones*

* LA Opera debut

Ana Kuzmanić is a Chicago-based costume designer. Her theatrical work has been seen on Broadway (August: Osage County, Desire Under the Elms, Superior Donuts), Off-Broadway (The Jacksonian), in the U.K. (The Royal National Theatre), and Australia (Sydney Theatre Company).

She is closely associated with many Chicago companies including the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Looking Glass Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and The House. Among the regional companies with whom she has worked are Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Washington Shakespeare Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Geffen Playhouse.

The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Don Giovanni, directed by her long-time collaborator Tony Award-winning director Robert Falls, was her operatic debut.

Kuzmanić earned her bachelor’s degree in costume and fashion design from Faculty of Applied Arts and Design in Belgrade, Serbia, and her MFA in stage design from Northwestern University. She is originally from Split, Croatia. She has designed for her fashion label from 1993 to 2002. She is an associate professor of costume design at Northwestern University in Evanston.

Here are some stills from the LA Opera production of Eurydice:

A scene from the LA Opera’s world premiere production of Eurydice. Photo by Cory Weaver

A scene from the LA Opera’s world premiere production of Eurydice. Photo by Cory Weaver

A scene from the LA Opera’s world premiere production of Eurydice. Photo by Cory Weaver

Further information, and to see more of Ana Kuzmanić’s work: AnaKuzmanic.com

 

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