No need to go as a superhero or your favorite president for Halloween this year - opera is full of larger-than-life characters, from Azucena to the Commendatore, that will make you the talk of your costume party.
The revenge-obsessed gypsy
Costume: Think of it as peasant-chic. A colorful bohemian blouse and skirt with beaded necklace. Bed head is encouraged!
Must-have accessory: Convince some friends to join in the fun and sing the Anvil Chorus wherever you go. Or just carry around a knife to lend that authentic touch.
Optional: Make it a night to remember by orchestrating the demise of your adopted son, who is actually the brother of your sworn enemy.
The lustful king
Costume: An ermine robe is the only way to go, plus the latest in 16th century fashion: doublet, jerkin, and hose.
Must-have accessory: Crown and scepter.
Optional: Have a second date lined up for later in the night just in case you have to move on to plan B...for Boleyn.
Floria Tosca from Tosca
The ultimate diva
Costume: A diva never leaves the house in anything less than her best gown. Hair and jewelry should be over-the-top. Think bling!
Must-have accessory: A handsome painter who calls you his muse.
Optional: A willingness to take a big leap in the name of love
The goddess of love
Costume: A seductive goddess gown will help lure men into your realm.
Must-have accessory: A giant bed always helps when you're encouraging people to give in to the pleasures of the flesh.
Optional: To truly mimic the pleasure of Venusburg, surround yourself with a coterie of attractive ballet dancers at your Halloween bacchanal.
The warrior-troubadour and devoted son
Costume: A puffy shirt, tight pants, and leather boots are your preferred look.
Must-have accessories: A lute to serenade your beloved and a sword to fight your enemies.
Optional: An ongoing feud with your arch-nemesis, who also happens to be your brother.
The independent lady
Costume: Think 1920s chic…pants, pin-curled hair, and a take-no-prisoners attitude. Donna Elvira would probably love hanging out with a young Amelia Earhart.
Must-have accessory: Motorcycle
Optional: If you can recreate the Picasso dress from Lyric's new production, go nuts!!!
The murdered father / escort to the underworld
Costume: Channel your inner statue - paint any suit or military outfit green and gray and be sure to cover your face and hair in a ghost-like sheen.
Must-have accessory: Bring your own pedestal, for better lurking in a cemetery.
Optional: We're not saying that you have to condemn someone to hell, but it's nice to know you have the power.
- Stephanie Blythe in Lyric's production of Il Trovatore; credit Michael Brosilow / Lyric Opera of Chicago
- Kyle Ketelsen as Henry VIII in Anna Bolena; credit Michal Daniel / Minnesota Opera
- Doina Dimitriu (left) and Violeta Urmana at Lyric; credit Dan Rest / Lyric Opera of Chicago
- Michaela Schuster in
Clive Barda / Royal Opera House
- Yonghoon Lee in Il Trovatore at Lyric; credit Michael Brosilow / Lyric Opera of Chicago
Ana María Martínez in Don Giovanni at Lyric; credit Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera of Chicago
- Andrea Silvestrelli
Don Giovanni at Lyric; credit Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera of Chicago