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The design for Violetta in Act I (La Traviata at La Scala). Lila de Nobili saw her as a lonely figure seeking warmth and accordingly dressed her in black.

The design for Violetta in Act I (La Traviata at La Scala). Lila de Nobili saw her as a lonely figure seeking warmth and accordingly dressed her in black.

De Nobili's designs for Violetta for La Scala in 1955 were important as the oppressive and rigid luxury of the sets and costumes had to hint at the hypocrisy and cynicism of the main characters.

In yesterday’s post I mentioned fashion illustrator and set/costume designer Lila de Nobili and, since this year it’s the tenth anniversary of her death, let’s rediscover her work in this post.

Maria Callas - 1955 La Traviata

Maria Callas in La Traviata 1955

Callas first performance as Violetta in La Traviata, Florence, January 1951

Maria Callas first performance as Violetta in La Traviata, Florence, January 1951

A costume sketch by Lila De Nobili for the 1955 production of La Traviata for the La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy. This sketch was for the second-act costume worn by Maria Callas as Violetta Valery.

A costume sketch by Lila De Nobili for the 1955 production of La Traviata for the La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy. This sketch was for the second-act costume worn by Maria Callas as Violetta Valery.

Violetta returns to Paris dressed in red satin. The 1880 Traviata with Callas at La Scala designed by Lila de Nobili & directed by Visconti.

Violetta returns to Paris dressed in red satin. Maria Callas wears the designs of Vogue fashion illustrator and designer Lila de Nobili in La Traviata at La Scala,

Shanghai Opera House poster for La Traviata . . . 2014 Season.

Shanghai Opera House poster for La Traviata .

Original design for Kiri te Kanawa as Violetta. The Australian Opera 1978.  Kiri looked very beautiful of course.

Original design for opera legend Kiri te Kanawa as Violetta, The Australian Opera, Syndey

la traviata verdi poster - Pesquisa Google

la traviata verdi poster - Pesquisa Google

Bidu Sayao

Costume From Verdi's La Traviata worn by Brazilian Soprano Bidu Sayao, one of the leading lyric sopranos at the Metropolitan Opera House during the and

Joan Sutherland. Seattle 1967 - Debut in the role of Lakmé

Seattle 1967 - Debut in the role of Lakmé

La Callas 1951

La Callas 1951

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