Costumers hard at work for Utah Opera’s production of ‘Madame Butterfly’

Posted at 10:21 PM, Sep 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-25 00:21:00-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Opera is preparing for its production of 'Madame Butterfly', which opens October 11 at the Capitol Theatre, but from now until then the costume department has a lot of work to do to get everything ready.

“There's been an amazing amount of work to make these traditional and accurate, that I've never seen on this production at all,” said costume director Verona Green.

The old costumes were 25 years old when they bought them and are now falling apart. The opera company decided to make their own to give the audience a new experience.

“This way allows you to have exactly the color choices, the specific designs, and it blends really well together,” said crafts artisan Anna Marie Coronado.

The designers wanted vibrant colors, but they started with a blank canvas of white silk.

The costume designers said audiences don’t usually have a clear idea what to expect, but when the curtain rises in October, the creative team thinks the audience will be transported to a different world.

“It's cool when all the symbolism and messages that you are trying to send with the costumes, when you can see it get through to the audience,” Tara Degray said.

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