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San Francisco Opera’s Online Costume Shop Sale, November 13–15, 2020

Stage Directions • Industry NewsTheatre Buzz • October 21, 2020

This is a rare opportunity to collect one-of-a-kind costumes from The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, Tannhäuser, and other operas. In a rare opportunity for opera fans and sartorial mavens, San Francisco Opera will offer costumes previously worn by artists on the War Memorial Opera House stage to the general public for just one weekend. Different from the Company’s five previous costume warehouse sales, the 2020 sale will be entirely virtual, allowing everyone, from opera aficionados to partygoers alike, to browse and purchase ensembles. The online sale at begins at 12:00 p.m. PST on Friday, November 13 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, November 15.

Mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade (as Anna Glawari, the Merry Widow) in Thierry Bosquet’s costume design in Act I of The Merry Widow. Photo: ©Adam Traum/San Francisco Opera

Over 500 colorful costumes for adults from San Francisco Opera productions, including Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow (2001), Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus (1990, 1996, 2006) and Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser (2007), will be available for purchase. In addition, around 40 garments for children from Tannhäuser will also be offered. The costumes feature designs by Thierry Bosquet (The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus), John Macfarlane (Don Giovanni, 2007) and Paul Brown (Tannhäuser), among others, and the majority were constructed by San Francisco Opera artisans. Costume pieces will not be sold separately.

Costume designer Thierry Bosquet’s sketch and embellished silk fabric sample for the Act I costume worn by mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade who portrayed the title role of The Merry Widow. Photo: ©San Francisco Opera

This limited-time chance to collect an ensemble from the archive of the San Francisco Opera Costume Shop ends November 15.

Costume designer Thierry Bosquet’s sketch of the Act I costume for the title role of The Merry Widow. Photo: ©San Francisco Opera

Scenes from Strauss’ Die Fledermaus featuring costumes designed by Thierry Bosquet. Photo: ©Terrence McCarthy/San Francisco Opera

Detailed costume specifications and photos will be provided on the opera shop’s website. Prices range from $75 to $1,000, plus shipping and taxes. Patrons who require assistance can email or call the Box Office at (415) 864-3330 from 10 am–6 pm (Friday and Saturday, November 13–14) and 10 am–8 p.m. (Sunday, November 15) during the sale period. Purchasers have the option to have their items shipped or to pick-up their items in-person in Burlingame, CA. Pick-up is available—by appointment only—through November 24, and patrons can select their appointment at checkout. All sales are final; no refunds and exchanges.

Proceeds will benefit San Francisco Opera operating expenses including artist support and young artist development. Subscribers and donors of $75 or more will enjoy special access to a preview sale.

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