Unpicking Costume Designs for Opera
Free Public Lecture
Anna Cordingley is an award-winning set and costume designer for theatre, opera, dance, musicals and cabaret whose designs have been seen by audiences throughout Australia, Europe, Britain and the United States. Join Anna for this free Objects of Fame: Nellie Melba and Percy Grainger exhibition public program as she explores the foundations of great costume design for opera. How does a designer strike a balance between character development, practical considerations and creative vision? How has costume design evolved from Dame Nellie Melba's era? What have been the recent developments in the place of costume within a broader production?
This free public event accompanies the current exhibition at the Grainger Museum Objects of Fame: Nellie Melba and Percy Grainger which continues until 17 February 2019. The museum is open Sunday to Friday, 12pm - 4pm.
Ms Anna Cordingley, University of Melbourne
Ms Anna Cordingley
University of Melbourne
Anna is a Lecturer of Design at the University of Melbourne. She is an alumnus of the Victorian College of the Arts, Drama School (Bachelor of Dramatic Art: Production Design) and the University of Melbourne (Master of Curatorship) and is an active Set, Costume & Exhibition Designer. Opera credits include: for Opera Australia, Aida, Opera on the Beach (costume); for Victorian Opera, Sunday in the Park with George and The Threepenny Opera (with STC and Malthouse); for Melbourne Festival, Richter/Meinhof Opera In 2018, Anna designs Don Giovanni for Opera Queensland. While Opera, Theatre and Dance are her mainstay, Anna has a history with Installation and Public Art (White Night 2013), Visual Art (Brook Andrew 2007), Exhibition Design (Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables: From Page to Stage 2014), Book illustration (Blue with Little White Stars 2005) and Major Events (Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games – Opening and Closing Ceremonies).