Seven Opera-Themed Halloween Costumes for 2017

This Halloween, don’t settle for a costume that’s stale or subpar. Using LA Opera as your inspiration, find the perfect get-up that’ll both wow the crowd and allow you to stand out!

La Belle et La Bete

La Belle et La Bête

After the Oct. 31 performance of Philip Glass’ La Belle et la Bête, we’re hosting a Halloween After-Party at The Theatre at ACE Hotel immediately following the performance! Join us for a Costume Contest (with a SPECIAL PRIZE for the winner), a cash bar and music! We’re also offering FREE drink tokens to the first 40 people to register for our Costume Contest.

To help prepare for the costume contest, or for ideas that won’t break the bank, here are seven opera-themed costumes for this years’ festivities:

For the ultimate drama, dress up like Nedda and Canio from their commedia act in Leoncavallo’s I 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 I Pagliacci at LA Opera (Photo: Craig T. Mathew / LA Opera)

Or you could gender-bend like Kate Lindsey as Nicklausse from Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann!

Kate Lindsey as Nicklausse in Act One of "The Tales of Hoffmann" (photo: Ken Howard)

Kate Lindsey as Nicklausse in The Tales of Hoffmann at LA Opera (Photo: Ken Howard)

On a budget? Grab a sailor’s hat as one of our rambunctious sailors from Bernstein’s beloved musical Wonderful Town!

Faith Prince and dancers in Wonderful Town at LA Opera. (Photo: Craig T. Mathew / LA Opera)

Do you also love literature? Draw inspiration from our production of Heggie’s Moby-Dick, based on the acclaimed novel by Herman Melville.

Jay Hunter Morris as Captain Ahab in Moby-Dick at LA Opera. (Photo: Craig T. Mathew / LA Opera)

Interested in going as a duo with your best friend? Norma and Adalgisa from Bellini’s Norma make for a perfect pair!

Angela Meade as Norma and Jamie Barton as Adalgisa in Norma at LA Opera. (Photo: Ken Howard)

…Or for a couple’s costume, our production of Mozart’s The Abduction of the Seraglio updated the setting to the Roaring Twenties! Grab a fringe party dress and some pearls, or dust off the ol’ Zoot suit and you’re ready to go!

Sally Matthews as Konstanze and Joel Prieto as Belmonte in The Abduction of the Seraglio at LA Opera (Photo by Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging)

Channel your inner Joker with an inspired costume from Verdi’s Rigoletto, which opens later this season!

George Gagnidze as the title character in Rigoletto (2010); Photo: Robert Millard

George Gagnidze as the title character in Rigoletto at LA Opera (Photo: Robert Millard)

To find out more or purchase tickets to La Belle et la Bête, click here.

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