7 Opera Halloween Costumes

This is the time of year when things get spooky – horrific even! It’s also that time when people scour various pop up Halloween stores in search of the perfect costume. Here at LA Opera, we don’t have your typical witches (Hocus Pocus, anyone?), vampires (Dracula), and ghosts (do you see dead people Sixth Sense style?). While these are all good options, consider taking your costume to an operatic level with these 9 opera Halloween costumes.

The Countess in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades is a force to be reckoned with, dead or alive. With her obsession about keeping the secret of what makes her constantly win at cards, the Countess is more fun and regal than other aristocrats (looking at you, Cleopatra!).

The cast of The Queen of Spades (2001); Photo: Ken Howard

The cast of The Queen of Spades (2001); Photo: Ken Howard

The Dragon in Elliot Goldenthal and Julie Taymor’s Grendel puts Khaleesi’s brood to shame.

Denyse Graves as The Dragon in Grendel (2006); Photo: Robert Millard

Dressing up as Don Giovanni, the title character in Mozart’s Don Giovanni is guaranteed to charm.

Erwin Schrott as the title character in Don Giovanni (2007); Photo: Robert Millard

Erwin Schrott as the title character in Don Giovanni (2007); Photo: Robert Millard

Travel back in time to the 1920s with this silent film-era inspired Pamina costume from Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

Jnai Brugger as Pamina in The Magic Flute (2013); Photo: Robert Millard

Jnai Brugger as Pamina in The Magic Flute (2013); Photo: Robert Millard

Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen is the perfect costume for those interested in spending Halloween as a sexy bull-fighter. But, what Escamillo would be complete without his Carmen?

Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Escamillo and Patricia Bardon as Carmen in Carmen (2013); Photo: Robert Millard

Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Escamillo and Patricia Bardon as Carmen in Carmen (2013); Photo: Robert Millard

Get your clown on and dress up as Canio or Nedda from Pagliacci.

Ana Maria Martinez as Nedda and Marco Berti as Canio in <em>Pagliacci</em> (2015); Photo: Craig T. Mathew

Ana Maria Martinez as Nedda and Marco Berti as Canio in Pagliacci (2015); Photo: Craig T. Mathew

Dress up in traditional Japanese finery as the scorned bride in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.

AMM in Butterfly (Act 1)

Ana Maria Martinez as Cio-Cio-San in Madame Butterfly (2015); Photo: Ken Howard

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