As the season ends almost everywhere, the Metropolitan Opera in New York just opened "Opera by Design", a new exhibition showing the intricately detailed set models for the seven new 2007-08 productions.
Also on display, the costume sketches and other production and design materials.
Some pictures, from the MET:
Lucia di Lamermoor , Donizetti
Mary Zimmerman, director; Daniel Ostling, sets; Mara Blumenfeld, costumes (photo: the dress for Natalie Dessay); T.J. Gerckens, lighting.
Premieres September 24, 2007.
La fille du régiment, Donizetti
Laurent Pelly, director and costume design (photo: the costume for Natalie Dessay); Chantal Thomas, sets; Joël Adam, lighting designer.
Premieres April 21, 2008.
Iphigénie en Tauride, Gluck
Stephen Wadsworth, director; Thomas Lynch, sets; Martin Pakledinaz, costumes; Neil Peter Jampolis, lighting.
Premieres November 27, 2007.
Hansel und Gretel, Humperdinck
Richard Jones, director; John Macfarlane, sets and costumes; Jennifer Tipton, lighting.
Premieres December 24, 2007.
Adrian Noble, director; Mark Thompson, sets and costumes; Jean Kalman, lighting.
Premieres October 22, 2007.
Satyagraha, Philip Glass
Phelim McDermott, director; Julian Crouch, associate director and designer; Kevin Pollard, costumes, Paule Constable, lighting.
Premieres April 11, 2008.
Peter Grimes, Benjamin Britten
John Doyle, director; Scott Pask, sets; Ann Hould-Ward, costumes; Peter Mumford, lighting.
Premieres February 28, 2008.