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Costume Design

  • Object:

    Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1963 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Luzzati, Emanuele, born 1921 - died 2007 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil pastel, pencil and white ink on black paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Patricia Fara in memory of Stephen and Helen Fenlaugh

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Stage designer, illustrator and creator of animated films, Emanuele Luzzati (1921-2007) began working in the theatre in his native Italy in 1947. During the 1950s he designed for the major Italian theatre and opera companies and in 1960 joined director Franco Enriquez and actors, Valeria Moriconi and Glauco Mauri, to found La Compagnia dei Quattro (The Company of Four) which became famous for its productions of Absurdist drama. Luzzati frequently collaborated with Enriquez and when Enriquez was invited to direct The Magic Flute for Glyndebourne in 1963, Luzzati provided the sets and brightly coloured costumes. His fairy tale style delighted reviewers and brought him international attention. Luzzati remained fascinated by The Magic Flute. In 1971 he produced an illustrated storybook which re-told the opera for children and in 1978 designed a 55-minute animated film version.

Physical description

Full length female figure on black paper dressed in a fantastical birdlike panniered costume of blue and green-yellow. Matching headdress and parasol held aloft.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)


1963 (drawn)


Luzzati, Emanuele, born 1921 - died 2007 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Oil pastel, pencil and white ink on black paper

Marks and inscriptions

'PAPAGENA', handwritten in capital letters in white ink, bottom right-hand corner


Height: 49.6 cm, Width: 34.5 cm

Object history note

Costume designed for 1963 Glyndebourne production of Mozart's opera, Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), conducted by Vittorio Gui. The costume was made in the Glyndebourne Opera Wardrobe under the supervision of Kegan Smith. Maria Zeri sang the role of Papagena in this production.

Descriptive line

Costume design by Emanuele Luzzati for Papagena in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Glyndebourne, 1963.


Pastel; Pencil; Ink; Paper


Drawing (image-making)


Entertainment & Leisure; Designs


Theatre and Performance Collection

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