Magazine article Opera Canada

Carol Holland

Magazine article Opera Canada

Carol Holland

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SINCE THREE OF THE RING OPERAS IN THE CANADIAN Opera Company's production have already been staged, Costume Supervisor Carol Holland had many of the 200 made-in-Canada costumes on hand and ready for the presentation of the complete cycles. "Each show has a different director, and in theory they're just mounting what they did before," she says. "But there are bound to be little things that they'll want to change or do, and we have to be there to make it all happen."

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Michael Levine set the production to shift in time about a century, from the late 1800s to the present day. In Gotterdammerung, for example, all the men are in business suits, so Holland and her team in the costume shop--seven for the Ring plus outside cutters--did not have to deal with the elaborate and intricate costumes imagined by designers for other productions. What the costume shop doesn't make itself is sourced in vintage clothing stores or, as in the case of those business suits, from clothing makers. Many of the costumes are made in house, however, and Holland has dealt with a number of challenges as this Ring has evolved. Because of the time shift, for example, with each opera set about a quarter century on from the preceeding one, the costume department has had to find ways to show the passage of time in the garments. …

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