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On the left costume Cio-Cio-San from »Madama Butterfly« and on the right Elisabeth I from »Roberto Devereux«.

Costume treasures for auction

Again and again, we are asked the question of what happens to the productions that have been played. Where do all the costumes and sets disappear to after the final curtain? Are they simply destroyed? Or sold? Or do only some photos and memories remain? While costume flea markets have been known, now for the first time 76 selected costumes from different and very popular productions can be auctioned worldwide online. This auction includes dresses with very prominent wearers such as Edita Gruberova, Anna Netrebko, Elīna Garanča, Agnes Baltsa, Giuseppe Taddei, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Neil Shicoff or Piotr Beczała.

These and numerous other special costumes of legendary productions (which are no longer in the repertoire) will be offered for auction starting today in cooperation with the Dorotheum. On the website of the Vienna Dorotheum, photos of the costumes, more detailed descriptions of the individual pieces, additional information on the prominent wearers and call prices can be viewed.

Bidding is open and the lots will be awarded on June 29 at 3:00 pm. To the auction it goes here.

However, not only those who secure a piece of performance history will be happy with this auction. No, at the same time something very important happens, which should be especially close to opera lovers: Here, opera past is literally creating opera future! Because 100% of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Vienna State Opera's work with young talent, i.e. to those projects that are central to this directorate and which are intended to actively help win and inspire new audiences for this genre that is so important to us all.


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