Costume and set designs for Idomeneo (Glyndebourne, 1951)

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Scope and Content

This series includes costume sketches and designs, colour palettes, set designs and flat set model pieces

Administrative / Biographical History

Idomeneo (1781), an opera in three acts by Mozart with libretto by Varesco. Oliver Messel's production was first performed at Glyndebourne by Glyndebourne Festival Opera on 15 June, 1951. It was directed by Carl Ebert with choreography by Sigurd Leeder and featured Richard Lewis as Idomeneo and Sena Jurinac as Ilia. This was the first time this production was staged in England. It was revived in 1952, 1956, 1959 and 1964 at Glydenbourne; and in 1953 at the Edinburgh Festival.