Il TrovatoreCostume Design
Opera ll Trovatore: Verdi. Costumes by Anne Tilby, set by Dante Ferretti, director Elijah Moshinsky, for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Real, Madrid Opera House, 2000-01, 2004, 2007 + 2009
Re-mounted internationally for over 12 years. Produced by BBC2 as a DVD with cast José Cura, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Yvonne Naef, Verónica Villarroel.
We set it in 1850 - the time of Il Risorgamento, (the Unification of Italy), basing the lead protagonist on Garibaldi. The genre uses a filmic quality, and the paintings of Goya. The opera and the lighting are dark. (Photos here are by Val Renolds Brown.)
About 350 costumes, many uniforms with rebel costumes, over-dyed , over-printed, recycled, leather sheepskins, lace, sourced from charity shops. Working in an opera house is like fairyland after years of film shoots on dererlict locations or in drafty hangers !