Photo Journal: 'Opera by Design' Opens at Gallery Met

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"Opera by Design," an exhibition of detailed set models for the seven new productions premiering in the Metropolitan Opera's 2007-08 season, opens today at Gallery Met in the opera house lobby for a summer run that ends on Labor Day (September 3)

Curated by Met technical director Joe Clark, features intricate, handmade models for the sets for each production. (See images below.) The Met's builders, costumers and other craftspeople use the models as blueprints for their own work, and the exhibit also includes costume sketches and other production and design materials developed from or along with the models.

"To have so many new productions in one season seemed an embarrassment of riches," said Gallery Met director Dodie Kazanjian in a statement, "and cause for a provocative show. The idea of the exhibit is to reveal some of the practicalities and complexities of realizing these magical visions for the stage."

The seven new stagings in the Met's 2007-08 season include:

  • Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor: Mary Zimmerman, director; Daniel Ostling, sets; Mara Blumenfeld, costumes; T.J. Gerckens, lighting. Premieres September 24, 2007.
  • Verdi's Macbeth: Adrian Noble, director; Mark Thompson, sets and costumes; Jean Kalman, lighting. Premieres October 22, 2007.
  • Gluck's Iphig_nie en Tauride: Stephen Wadsworth, director; Thomas Lynch, sets; Martin Pakledinaz, costumes; Neil Peter Jampolis, lighting. Premieres November 27, 2007.
  • Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel: Richard Jones, director; John Macfarlane, sets and costumes; Jennifer Tipton, lighting. Premieres December 24, 2007.
  • Britten's Peter Grimes: John Doyle, director; Scott Pask, sets; Ann Hould-Ward, costumes; Peter Mumford, lighting. Premieres February 28, 2008.
  • Glass's Satyagraha: Phelim McDermott, director; Julian Crouch, associate director and designer; Kevin Pollard, costumes, Paule Constable, lighting. Premieres April 11, 2008.
  • Donizetti's La Fille du regiment: Laurent Pelly, director and costume design; Chantal Thomas, sets; JoêŠl Adam, lighting designer. Premieres April 21, 2008.

The Arnold & Marie Schwartz Gallery Met, opened in September 2006 as a showcase for contemporary art, was made possible through a $1 million donation by Marie Schwartz, an Advisory Director on the company's Board. The gallery's exhibit, located in the south side of the Metropolitan Opera House lobby, is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit

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