I like to think that in my lifetime I have seen some pretty impressive stages. I love checking stuff out, I love fun and engaging set design, and thanks to Pecan, I have managed to understand the process for some pretty impressive pieces at the Huntington Theater.
Then today my buddy Oz sent me a link that blows everything out of the water.
I know that opera generally has some of the most outstanding sets ever. I remember checking out Hilary Scott‘s studio and seeing an epic hand used for a production of Faust.
Now I would really like to get to Austria at some point in my life to see the theater on the lake. The stage set for A Masked Ball from 1999/2000 is just a little too off the hook for me to believe.
I am also impressed by the set for Verdi’s Il Travatore in 2005.
Fortress-turned refinery. Beautiful stuff. I suggest checking out the History of the Bergenz Festival, where there are images from other productions as well.
It is not that i have no appreciation for simple sets, it’s just that adding that extra layer of art on a visual level can totally change the tone of the experience, and at the almost absurdist level of this lake stage, I can’t entirely begin to imagine how it changes the experience not only visually, but viscerally.