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Costume design

  • Object:

    Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    Chicago (probably, designed)

  • Date:

    1962 (Painted, Drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010 (Costume designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, Pen & Ink, Wash, White Paint, and Gouache, on Paper

  • Museum number:

    S.231-2001

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Costume design for Rita Streich as Amor. The design depicts a full length female figure wearing a stylised Ancient Greek male costume. The costume consists of a short pleated white shift, belted at the waist with a yellow sash. The figure also wears a a frilled yellow sash over the right shoulder, a pair of sandals, and a plain gold band or tiara on the head. The design has been drawn and painted over a grey wash.

Place of Origin

Chicago (probably, designed)

Date

1962 (Painted, Drawn)

Artist/maker

Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010 (Costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, Pen & Ink, Wash, White Paint, and Gouache, on Paper

Marks and inscriptions

' Alix Stone '
Signature; Lower right hand corner; handwriting; ink

' AMOR Miss Streich '
Textual information; Lower left hand corner; handwriting; ink

Dimensions

Height: 545 mm, Width: 363 mm

Object history note

This costume design by Alix Stone is part of an extensive collection of designs purchased by the Theatre Museum directly from the artist in 1994. The design was executed for a production of Gluck's opera "Orpheus and Eurydice", performed by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, November 24th 1962. The opera was produced by Christopher West, conducted by Pierre Dervaux, choreographed by Ruth Page, and the cast featured Gabriel Bacquier as Orpheus, and Lisa Della Casa as Eurydice. The principal dancer was Maria Tallchief.

The production (originally produced and choreographed by Frederick Ashton, designed by Sophie Fedorovitch, and lit by Louis Yudkin) was borrowed from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where it was premiered on February 3rd 1953. The original cast featured Kathleen Ferrier as Orpheus. Alix Stone designed new costumes for the principal artists in the 1962 Chicago revival.

Descriptive line

Costume design for Rita Streich as Amor in "Orpheus and Eurydice", Lyric Opera of Chicago, November 24th 1962

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Ink; Paper; Paint; Gouache; Pencil

Techniques

Painted; Drawn; Wash technique

Subjects depicted

Opera; Costume

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Opera; Designs

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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