Lyric Opera of Chicago will present an all-new exhibition by noted visual artist and costume designer Cait O’Connor. Opening on January 31, this installation will feature costumes, wigs, and accessories from Lyric’s recent new production of La Traviata designed by O’Connor. Also on display will be six new works inspired by her experience with the production, specifically developed for this special gallery show. 

In addition to the six newly created works, pieces from the production on display include Violetta’s extravagant red ball gown and the bull puppet from the Act Two party scene, angel and Valkyrie wings, Marie Antoinette-style wigs, and other costumes and accessories. All pieces will be displayed with original sketches and renderings that O’Connor created during her design process revealing the remarkable path from concept to realization. The exhibition was curated by Scott Marr, Lyric’s production design director.

Located in the Opera Club Wine Cellar on the lower level of the Civic Opera House, the exhibit was first unveiled to the public as part of the 30th annual Fantasy of the Opera Gala, Petals and Pearls on Friday, January 31st.

The exhibit will also be open to operagoers free of charge before and during intermissions of all Lyric Opera performances throughout the rest of the season: The Barber of Seville (Feb. 1-28), Rusalka (Feb. 22-Mar. 10), La Clemenza Tito  (Mar. 5-23), and The Sound of Music (Apr. 25-May 18).

Cait O’Connor grew up in New York City earning her MFA in Theatrical Design at NYU. Her work focuses on perception, memory and self, using design and painting to explore spectacle and intimacy. O’Connor’s work can be found in theater, dance, film, and opera, as well as exhibiting in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. She holds a faculty position within the MFA Directing Program at Brown University.

Soprano  J'Nai Bridges and cast clad in Cait O'Conner costume designs for Lyric Opera's recent production of La Traviata (photo by Todd Rosenberg).

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New Lyric Opera Exhibit Showcases Cait O'Connor/La Traviata Designs

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