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Don Giovanni / Gehry + Rodarte

12:00 - 10 July, 2012

Performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mozart’s Don Giovanni shares the tale of a promiscuous nobleman and his eventual downfall to the throngs of Hell for his wrongdoings.   Frank Gehry, who, in 2003, designed the Disney Concert Hall where Don Giovanni is being shown, was asked to construct the opera set which is paired with the costume design of sisters  Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte.  In typical Gehry fashion, the set design includes an intensely layered backdrop of organically crumbled paper.  The abstract sculptural forms – which can be interpreted as anything from icy waves to the bedsheets of his sexual conquests – create a neutral textured setting which make Rodarte’s colorfully detailed costumes pop.

More about the set design after the break.