Costume to couture: Behind Scottish Opera’s La Traviata

I didn’t expect there to be as much cleavage. I mean, okay, La Traviata is a sexy opera. It’s practically Moulin Rouge. It’s the opera that made Julia Robert cry in Pretty Woman. The lead? Is a courtesan. In Paris.…

I didn't expect there to be as much cleavage. I mean, okay, La Traviata is a sexy opera. It's practically Moulin Rouge. It's the opera that made Julia Robert cry in Pretty Woman. The lead? Is a courtesan. In Paris. Of course it's a sexy opera. But I didn't expect there to be as much cleavage. Or as much bustle. Fashion it turns out it even more circular than I thought. And the late 1800s loved a bitta bustle.

A Night at the Opera

I’d never really “done” Opera.  It always felt very….inaccessible? If anything, I’d absorbed any operatic knowledge through cultural osmosis, using Pretty Woman, Anastasia and Bugs Bunny as my cultural touchstones. From that I garnered a few things fairly quickly. Opera…


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