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Feb 16, 2017 7:00 PM





Join us for this rare and exciting lecture in connection with the special exhibition Rusalka at the Czech Center New York.

Victor Callegari has been a make-up artist at the Metropolitan Opera for over forty years. He shares stories and images from his wealth of experience, including his work with many of the world’s premiere opera singers.

The presentation will include the showing of a selection of approximately 50 digitized scans featuring theatrical make-up done on some of the greatest opera singers at the Metropolitan Opera House. Each scan will be explained from the perspective of the actual make-up, as well as of the character portrayed.


Previous talks have included discussions of:
-The process of preparing an opera production, starting with the director’s and designer’s conception, lighting, make-up and wigs, and musical rehearsals.

-Final make-up and how it is achieved, from the costume designer's sketches to the opera singer's input.

-A glimpse into what goes on in an artist's dressing room from the moment they walk in, during the opera, intermission and end of the performance.

-The impacts of HD.

Victor Callegari - Make-up Artist
For over 30 years, Victor Callegari was the Chief Make-up Artist for The Metropolitan Opera. He started to work at the Met as an apprentice in 1965, the last year that the opera house resided at 40th street and Broadway, and moved with the company to the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, which opened on September 16, 1966, with the world premiere of Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra.

Mr. Callegari retired from The Metropolitan Opera in August 2010 after 45 years with the company during which he worked on several hundred opera productions, including more than thirty national and six international tours with the company, and over 125 telecasts for PBS and HD TV. He has worked with some of the world’s greatest opera singers, including Bergonzi, Corelli, Domingo, Fleming , Freni, Gedda, Ghiaurov, Giaiotti, Horne, MacNeil, Merrill, Nilsson, Pavarotti, Scotto, Siepi, Sutherland, Tebaldi, Terfel, Tozzi, Tucker, and Vickers, among others.

During summer months, Callegari has given lectures and make-up demonstrations in Italy, Germany (Bayreuth), England, Israel (Tel Aviv), Austria (Salzburg), at the Teatro Colón in Argentina, and in Asia. He has been a judge at make-up competitions including the IBS (International Beauty Show) in New York.

Mr. Callegari is the recipient of numerous awards, including five Emmy Awards for make-up for Metropolitan Opera productions shown on PBS and on HD TV. He resides in New York City.

Photo credits:
Amonasro in Aida, Courtesy of Victor Callegari
Renata Scotto as Elisabetta in Don Carlo. Photo by J. Heffernan. Courtesy of Victor Callegari
Placido Domingo as Otello, Christian Steiner. Courtesy of Victor Callegari


Please arrive at least five minutes prior to showtime. Empty seats will be released to standby patrons at that time.

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Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Feb 16, 2017 7:00 PM


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