Going Behind the Scenes with Arizona Opera’s Costume Shop

Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes and see how the breathtaking costumes that Arizona Opera uses are created?

A few weeks ago, Arizona Opera launched their Marlu Allan and Scott Stallard Costume Shop Masterclasses, a series focused on taking audiences behind the scenes to learn tricks and tips from their professional costume artisans. These workshops suit a wide variety of audiences and supply kits can be purchased along with the masterclass registration. The upcoming masterclasses include Tailoring Your Own Clothes (August 11th, 12-2pm) and Intro to Jewelry (August 25th, 12-3pm).

Led by Arizona Opera’s Costume Shop Manager Kathleen Trott and Arizona Master Stitcher Becky Giblin, Tailoring Your Own Clothes masterclass attendees will learn the secrets of fitting, pining, and altering clothes so that they can better improve their personal wardrobes from home. Attendees are also eligible for a later 20-minute wardrobe consultation with Trott and Giblin.

The Intro to Jewelry masterclass, led by Kathleen Trott, will show attendees how to string and join beads and gems to create vintage-style jewelry. They will also learn techniques to antique their own jewelry like professionals.

These costume-making masterclasses are a part of Arizona Opera’s wide variety of online content, including the UnMic’d Podcast, virtual opera performances, LOUD!, and the Behind the Scenes! Podcast. These initiatives are designed to engage the culturally diverse communities of Arizona, while we await the return of live shows. To learn more, check out the Arizona Opera Connection Lab here or check out Arizona Opera OnDemand here.

Arizona Opera will be returning to the Herberger Theater’s Center Stage with the El Milagro del Recuerdo (The Miracle of Remembering) from December 3-5. Other shows in their season include Carmen, A Little Night Music, and Così Fan Tutte.

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