I created the key art for the 2013-14 season at Opera Memphis, giving each opera its own visual identity rooted in its plot, while simultaneously uniting the three events as a series with a cohesive aesthetic. With this style, the Director and I strove for something bold and classic that would not shock the organization's older patrons, yet fresh enough to attract new, younger fans of opera.
Rigoletto is the tale of a deformed court jester and the beautiful daughter he tries to keep a secret from the world who is wooed by the Duke, and ultimately dies in the name of her forbidden love.
The Mikado is a modern English opera set in Japan, making subversive anti-authoritarian commentary on the corrupt nature of bureaucracy, overshadowed by vibrant characters like Harijuku girls, sumo wrestlers, and Godzilla.
The Midtown Opera Festival is now in its second year, with three operas to offer–the Medium, Le 66, and the Impresario, as well as a local series, Ghosts of Crosstown, based on the lives of six people that worked in the now abandoned Sears Crosstown Building.