Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy of fashion house Rodarte are making their operatic costume debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic's fully staged Don Giovanni at Walt Disney Concert Hall, with set designs by Disney Hall architect Frank Gehry and directed by Christopher Alden.
They'll work with Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who is music director of the L.A. Philharmonic.
Founded in 2005, Rodarte is the winner of the Cooper Hewitt 2010 National Design Award for fashion. The Mulleavy sisters also created and designed the ballet costumes for Black Swan, and have an exhibition of gowns showing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through Feb. 5.
Dudamel will conduct Don Giovanni, the first installment in his ambitious three-year Mozart/Da Ponte opera project. There are four performances of Don Giovanni set for May.
Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien will lead an international cast that includes Kevin Burdette, Carmela Remigio, Aga Mikolaj and Pavol Breslik.
"This is an inspiring opportunity to work with my friends at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This project is very close to Gustavo's heart. He knows the music like the back of his hand and has a unique vision that I find very exciting," Gehry said in a statement. "Kate and Laura's work reminds me of my early days--it is free and fearless and not precious."
Gehry's modifications will place the orchestra upstage on raised lifts approximately three and a half feet above the action happening downstage.