This is Halloween...Opera Style

By Marion Frizzell, Communications Coordinator

Opera is a dramatic art form that naturally lends itself to extraordinary production designs. Which means opera productions offer a goody bag of costume inspiration when in search of the perfect Halloween outfit. If you are still looking for a hair-raising Halloween ensemble, let the costumes below provide the creative spark for your ghoulish getup.

If you are interested in a classic demon costume, look no further than the devil himself, Mefistofele.

Witches are another classic Halloween costume and perhaps a little more your style. This imposing witch from Hansel and Gretel is sure to scare anyone who tries to steal your candy.

Fairy tales offer endless opportunities for Halloween costumes. If you are looking to mix things up while still sticking to the fairy tale theme, consider dressing as Monster from Robert Moran’s Desert of Roses, which is based on the tale of Beauty and the Beast.

If science fiction is your preference, this doll face dress form that comes to life from The Flying Dutchman should provide ample inspiration.

Perhaps eerie is the vibe you are going for this Halloween. If so, the sightless eyes of these Egyptian priests from Phillip Glass’s Akhnaten are sure to provide some chills.

Beautiful and dangerous might be just the thing for you. The Queen of the Night from Mozart’s The Magic Flute is both, and boasts one of the most impressive arias in opera repertoire.

Whatever you choose to be this Halloween, we hope you have a delightfully frightful time, and don’t end your celebrations like Herman from the Queen of Spades