In Character: Opera Portraiture memorably captures operatic performers away from the audience but fully inhabiting their roles. It showcases the work of John F. Martin, who for years set up a portable studio in the basement of the San Francisco Opera and photographed the players - in costume and full makeup - right before or after they took the stage. The subjects range from non-singing supernumeraries through chorus members and comprimari to opera's greatest stars, such as Anna Netrebko, Natalie Dessay, Deborah Voigt, Juan Diego Florez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Their roles run the gamut of opera personalities: heroes and heroines, villains and outcasts, royalty and common folk, Biblical figures and creatures of myth. Facing Martin's camera, each artist projects the essence of his or her character, however great or small the part. The book also features a foreword by David Gockley, general director of the San Francisco Opera; a preface by author Amy Tan; essays on opera behind the scenes, the vital role of costumes, and the transformation of singers into characters; and an interview with world-renowned soprano Danielle de Niese.
A collection unlike any other, In Character will have broad appeal-to opera and theatre buffs, costume and fashion aficionados, and anyone who appreciates fine art photography.
John F. Martin is a photographer with 25 years of experience and a passion for opera. His publications include a commemorative book on Amy Tan's opera The Bonesetter's Daughter, and his work has appeared in periodicals such as Visual Artbeat and blogs such as Elizabeth Avedon, F-Stop Magazine, and Lenscratch.
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