by Diane Malone
January 25, 2009

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   New York’s iconic Saks Fifth Avenue display windows are inspired for the next week by the 125th Anniversary of the famed Metropolitan Opera House. The flagship store will showcase 125 years of Metropolitan Opera costumes combined with upcoming new Spring accessories. The limited time window display is the first of the Spring season and the third collaboration between Saks Fifth Avenue and the Metropolitan Opera House. The historic Metropolitan Opera costumes will fill five of the window showcases. The stunning collection features costumes worn by the legendary artists of the Met including Enrico Caruso, Ezio Pinza, Anna Moffo, Lucia Popp, Regina Resnik, Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, and Luciano Pavarotti.  
   The previous collaborations between the Met Opera and Saks included windows inspired by Anthony Minghella’s production of Madama Butterfly and the new productions of Hansel and Gretel, Peter Grimes, and Satyagraha during the 2007–2008 season.
   Shown at top left: Metropolitan Opera costume of Geraldine Farrar in the title role of Massenet’s Manon from 1909. 

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Shown above left: Regina Resnik as the Countess in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades from 1965. Costume designed by Robert O’Hearn. Right: Enrico Caruso as Canio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci from 1903.

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Shown above left to right: Metropolitan Opera costumes of Lucia Popp (as The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote-1967), Jerome Hines ( as Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote-1967), Pilar Lorengar (as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote-1967). All costumes designed by Marc Chagall.

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Shown above left to right: Metropolitan Opera costumes of Placido Domingo in the title role of Verdi’s Otello from 1994, designed by Peter J. Hall, Chorus Costume from Verdi’s La Traviata from 1966, designed by Cecil Beaton, Anna Moffo as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata from 1966, costume designed by Cecil Beaton.

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   Shown left to right: Met Opera costumes of Renee Fleming in the title role in Massenet’s Thais from 2008, costume designed by Christian Lacroix, Luciano Pavarotti as the Duke of Mantau in Verdi’s Rigoletto from 1989, costumed designed by Zack Brown.
   Shown below: Close-up detail of Ezio Pinza’s costume in the title role of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov from 1939.

 

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***Update: The Met Opera/Saks window display will remain on view thru February 9th, 2009.

 

 

 

All Photos: (c) Caroline P. Digonis 2009