Costumes for Nabucco
The only production that Dutch National Opera was able to present in full in 2020 was Verdi's large-scale drama Nabucco. The direction was in the hands of Andreas Homoki, who in this new production focused on the dynamics of a family in times of revolution, in which two peoples (the Babylonians and the Jews) stand opposite each other. Andreas Homoki and his set and costume designer Wolfgang Gussmann sought for their production an aesthetic that would visually characterize the sharp contrasts between the two world orders. They arrived at the period in which Verdi wrote his Nabucco and chose to dress the choir now as an aristocracy (when they sing the Babylonians) and then again as a citizenry (when they interpret the Jews).
In 2020, the Dutch National Opera & Ballet Fund contributed €17,752 for the manufacture of these costumes. This contribution was made possible thanks to the support of the Giving Circle members who specifically contribute to the (costume) workshops of Dutch National Opera.