We cannot wait to unveil our brand new production of The Magic Flute
, designed for us by visual artist and sculptor Jun Kaneko. His whimsical, colorful and creative production features unique and stunning costumes and a playful world that comes to life through complex projections. One of the (many) challenges that comes with presenting a brand new production is finding appropriate images to promote the opera months in advance, often times when the sets and costumes are yet to be built. This time we really lucked out and had the unique opportunity to have a photo shoot with one of the stars of the show a couple of months before he gets to town to begin rehearsals.
Nathan Gunn, who will appear as our Papageno, came to San Francisco in March to be the honorary chairman and featured performer at An Evening of Enchantment, the San Francsico Opera Guild's spring gala celebration. Check out photos from that glamorous event here.
But that morning, before he donned his tuxedo and warmed up his vocal chords, we had Nathan Gunn sporting a very different look. Nathan was gracious enough to join us at our costume shop to try on the new Papageno costume, which is currently being made for for him by our talented costume department. We spent about an hour with him taking photographs that will be used in advertisements, publicity and in our program book. Keep your eyes peeled to see those new photos in print and online, but for now we can share with you a few candids we took while Nathan was at the costume shop checking out the progress on The Magic Flute costumes with Costume Director Daniele McCartan and Costume Production Supervisor Kristi Johnson. Costume design by Jun Kaneko. Photos by Kevin Berne. [Above: The original costume design sketch for Papageno]