Photo by David Bazemore for Opera Santa Barbara
Archive for July 2012

“O PATRIA MIA!”
Bibhu Mohapatra Designs Glammy Couture for Aida

[by Benjamin-Émile Le Hay]

Photo: Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival.

There are no elephants and gaudy sculptures to be found in Francesca Zambello’s staging of Giuseppe Verdi’s epic Aida, which recently kicked off the 2012 season at Glimmerglass Opera. However, one aspect of the opera that does get a dose of opulence is the costume design. New York fashion designer Bibhu Mohapatra was tapped to create the couture for the production. “Designing for opera was an amazing experience. I have always loved Aida; when Francesca Zambello invited me to design the costumes for this production, I was ecstatic. Aida is perfectly balanced; it has love, passion, sorrow, joy, courage, honor, power, celebration and mourning. The story is a great landscape for designing costumes. It’s like Aida in modern haute-couture.”

– CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE AT THE NEW YORK OBSERVER

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PRINCESS DIARIES

[by Vanessa Lawrence]

Bibhu Mohapatra-designed costumes for Aida

Fresh off presenting his Talitha Getty-inspired resort collection, designer Bibhu Mohapatra will soon see the fruits of another hard labor when the opera Aida premieres at the Glimmerglass Opera. The result is a modern, but still elaborate take on the classic Verdi work. “It’s such an emotional story about love and country and duties. It’s almost like a Bollywood story for me,” says the India-born Mohapatra, who was charged with striking a balance between the contemporary and the fantastical for this production.

– CLICK HERE TO READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE AT W MAGAZINE