Backstage at San Francisco Opera > September 2012 > The Masks and Costumes of Rigoletto
The Masks and Costumes of Rigoletto
Our production of Rigoletto was created back in 1997 by Michael Yeargan with costumes designed by Constance Hoffman. The costumes along with the sets are rich with color and drama, yet they also allude to the dark and sinister underbelly of the court.

We took a peek backstage and snapped some photos of the unique masks worn by the San Francisco Opera Chorus men in the first act of Rigoletto.

The artistic and diverse masks are a highlight of Rigoletto for us. They are made from papier-mâché, molded into clay, then into plaster, and finally painted. Take a look through the photos below for a rare up-close look at the masks and costume sketches. We don’t know about you, but we would not want to run into one of these guys in a dark alley.

                        The mask Rigoletto wears while the courtiers steal Gilda.

                                       Sketch of chorus mens costume
                                           Costume sketch of Maddalena

                                           Costume sketch of Gilda

                                          Costume sketch of The Duke of Mantua

                                         Sketch of chorus mens costume
Posted: 9/24/2012 5:01:17 PM by San Francisco Opera
Filed under: 2012-13Season, costumes, Rigoletto


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