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Costume designer Amanda Rae Janke, a third-year graduate student, will present her thesis work with her 18th-century inspired costume designs for CCM’s upcoming production of The Marriage of Figaro. Designing for her first opera and her first set of costumes for the 18th-century, Amanda had the challenge of researching the time period to design the realistic costumes. In addition, her costumes were integral to the plot of the opera as well. One example is a cloak that switches hands quickly between two female characters in a comedic scene of mistaken identities.

“For the cloak, we needed to put weights at the bottom, because it is made of a lightweight fabric that would otherwise be flying up as they are running around,” said Amanda. The cloak is also being reinforced around the hood so as to stand away from singers’ faces – “one of the random things you have to think about for functionality,” said Amanda.

Through collaboration with Figaro director Robin Guarino, Amanda came up with more than 30 costume designs for the production (sample images above), most of which are being built for the show.

The Marriage of Figaro runs from February 10-13, 2011 in the Patricia Corbett Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus. Annunziata Tomaro conducts.

Tickets are available by contacting the CCM box office at 513-556-4183 or by visiting

Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

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