What a thrill to go to Opening Night of Pacific Opera Victoria’s production of Maria Stuarda. Donizetti took a few liberties with the historical story, and POV’s director with the setting. The story took place in a historic house, and was swarming with the chorus, dressed as curators, conservators and exhibit technicians. That was rather distracting when they were interacting with the principals, who were in 16th century-ish clothing. Nevertheless, Queen Elizabeth’s Gloriana regalia was a gratifyingly sumptuous feast for the eye, and Queen Mary walked bravely offstage to her doom wearing a (historically accurate) red kirtle and linen smock.
Janet Arnold’s books are a great resource for people who like to see every detail – book #4 shows how to make smocks, neck ruffs, farthingales, supportasses and pickadils. Constance is hoping I will start small – she has her eye on a linen “smock” said to have been worn by Mary Stuart herself….she says, just the smock to start – Please?
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