Eleonora Buratto for Vanity Fair

No doubt about it: the Italian soprano Eleonora Buratto is a perfect cover girl!

The weekly magazine “Vanity Fair Italy” – August issue – published an interview with her. During the conversation with the journalist, Eleonora spoke of her life (in and out of the stage), her family and of her passions. The soprano, full of enthusiasm, posed for the camera wearing two different outfits.

The first consist in a black and white off the shoulder colorblock mermaid gown by La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni with black leather ‘Chris High’ ankle boots from Giuseppe Zanotti Design: a strange match! Long Idole earrings in black Swarovski crystal from Giorà by Giovanna Raspini.

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La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni – Colorblock mermaid gown


For second outfit, white top and burgundy organdy jacket with hood, long sleeves, big applied pockets and egg shaped body by Martino Midali.

A simple but elegant outfits, perfect for a young woman like Eleonora!

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Martino Midali – Organdy jacket

Interview with exclusive service by Vanity Fair Italy.
Photos: Ilaria Magliocchetti Lombi/Contrasto



Focus on Opera Diva Dress Collection

Outfits for interviews and photoshoots, and evening dresses for concerts. There is always the pressure for these to be new and event-appropriate. Who can help young opera singers in choosing the perfect attire and avoiding style mis-steps? Her name is Suzanne Vinnik, the American soprano who’s the founder of Opera Diva Dress Collection, a peer-to-peer sharing marketplace for female performing artists where members can buy, rent and sell apparel needed to pursue a career in today’s professional performing arts industry. But there’s more: group members can share ideas, suggestions and information and build connections, which are so important for people who spend most of their time away from home.

The dress which symbolises Opera Diva Dress Collection was created by the American fashion designer Betsey Johnson, whose long career has been established by following her own rules. The “Duchess Windsor” strapless gown is amazing with its pink layered ruffles on the right side of dress and black satin draping covering the left side.

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Betsey Johnson – “Duchess Windsor” gown


Several young opera singers have worn it by renting it from Opera Diva Dress Collection – Audrey Babcock, Suzanne Vinnik, Alexandra Nowakowski and Jasmina Halimic.

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Audrey Babcock at Carnegie Hall

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Audrey Babcock in the dressing room

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Suzanne Vinnik in concert at Palm Beach Opera


Alexandra Nowakowski in recital at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia

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Jasmina Halimic in concert at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC

The dress has been a huge source of inspiration for Jasmina, who teamed up with MatchaMe Cosmetics to create the “Reign of Suzanne”, a violet jasmine organic goat-milk soap, dyed with skin healing activated charcoal, Moroccan red clay and pink sweet potato.  All proceeds from the sales will support the group’s future endeavors.

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Reign of Suzanne soap

This community is such an interesting adventure, and so important for its members from all corners of the world, who range from young students to today’s leading opera divas.

Anna shines in Salzburg with Swarovski

Some costumes in this year’s Salzburger Festspiele are very special because they are covered with countless crystals by Swarovski.

On August 1, during Puccini’s Manon Lescaut in concert version, Anna wore a gown designed by Jan Meier, costume designer at this year’s Festspiele.

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 The illusion bateau neckline bodice has a sweetheart lining and chic cap sleeves for a regal look, this exceptional ensemble floats and flutters to the full-length ball gown silhouette hem in three layers of black tulle. To 130 meters of tulle were applied approximately 30,000 small Swarovski crystals in hematite and black diamond tones. Fantastic!



Sensational the jewelry: diamonds chandelier earrings and impressive diamonds necklace by Chopard (and not Swarovski, I think).

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At the party hosted by Swarovski at the Mozart Haus, the superstar wore a persian-blue caftan dress embroidered with numerous blue, azure and white Swarovski crystals. On her hands, Dionysus black clutch bag with crystal-embellished tiger head spur by Gucci.


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Photos: Marco Borrelli, Reinhold, Neumayr

Anna and Yusif: return to Salzburg

One more summer in Salzburg for Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov! The golden couple of Opera will be busy in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut performances from August 1.

On the first day of their arrival, the couple went for a walk through the streets of Salzburg … both in very summer outfits!

The primadonna Anna wore a floral print matching set by Marni: wide-leg trousers and airy dress have beige mesh panels. We especially like how the asymmetric hem sways elegantly as she walks. Ballet-pink leather tote from Jimmy Choo.


Yusif Eyvazov wore a polo shirt with Chinese and Mediterranean tradition stamp and coordinated shoes by Dolce&Gabbana.


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Dolce&Gabbana – Polo shirt

The couple attended ISA Gala the evening of July 27.

The diva wore a stunning Emilio Pucci gown: white, green and pink silk colour block shift gown with embellished neck. Few accessories: long earrings with diamonds and pearls, a large oval ring, all Chopard; white nappa leather ‘Vanitas’ shoulder bag from Versace featuring a gold-tone Medusa plaque, a quilted effect, a gold-tone chain.





Her husband, an outfit on the black color tones with velvet jacket and Damask weistcoat by Maximilián Mucska Tailors.



Photos: Michael M. Vogl, Gisela Schober


Opera and Art of fashion: International Opera Awards and Victoria Rees

Fashion and Opera always make a winning combination! The International Opera Awards agree on that.

Among the most famous music foundations, the London-based International Opera Awards promotes the annual opera award, discovers new talents and supports them with a scholarship. In addition to that, it brings young people to opera.

On the occasion of 2016 Awards, the foundation has teamed up with the British fine artist Victoria Rees. The textile designer has created a collection of heavy silk satin scarves and stoles, embellished with opera-themed patterns. Profits from sales of the scarves will go to the Foundation and its activities.

“Fidelio Star” is the name of the men’s collection, which includes scarves and pocket squares: star-shaped motifs inspired to Fidelio, the transvestite protagonist of L. Van Beethoven’s opera, stand out on Titian red, ochre or midnight blue background.

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“Fidelio Star” Evening scarf

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Victoria Rees – Fidelio drawing


The women’s collection includes the ribbon scarf “Moonlit Chorus” and the stole “Aria,” which happens to be my favourite. Such a charming accessory!

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“Aria” Stole

Victoria Rees describes it for Operafashion: “For the bespoke International Opera Awards collection “Aria” stole, I created Cameo watercolour scenes inspired by some of the best set designers from around the world creating a border to this rich Titian red stole. Many of the opera sets I choose have been nominated and won awards from the International Opera Awards . They include set’s by designer Michael Yeargan, Michael Levine and a set from Birmingham Opera’s IOA winning production of Khovanskygate. The stripes that run through the stoles rich centre are made up of opera figures taken from my sketch books for Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” and Janacek’s “Cunning little Vixen”.

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“Aria” Stole – Cameo 

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Michael Yeargan – Les Contes D’Hoffmann set – MET 2009

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“Aria” Stole – Cameo

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Michael Levine – Madama Butterfly – ENO 2016

International Opera Awards has chosen two young and promising British opera singers as testimonials – the soprano Soraya Mafi and the baritone Peter Brathwaite – so as to emphasize the strong bond between Opera, art and fashion.

Photos: Minjas Zugik

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Anna Netrebko in Berlin: a summary

In the first part of July, the opera-superstar Anna Netrebko and her husband Yusif Eyvazov were busy in the performances of Verdi’s Il Trovatore at Staatsoper in Berlin.

In this time the diva showed off several new outfits. Operafashion makes a summary!

On July 3,  Anna and her son Tiago were at Zoo in Berlin.
The soprano wore an outfit in tune with the place: cotton midi shirt-dress with exotic animals motifs by Valentino and ‘Rebel’ studded suede crossbody bag by Jimmy Choo. Perfect!

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Valentino – Multicolor animal print dress


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Jimmy-Choo – Rebel studded bag

A few days later, the diva was at KaDeWe. She wore an oversize square-frame rhinestone sunglasses by Gucci. Which shoes she will have purchased? Maybe silver-tone leather fringed sandals by Kenzo?

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Gucci – Oversize square sunglasses

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Kenzo – Silver fringed sandals

On July 14, Anna Netrebko was at the opening of the new Chopard Boutique.
The opera-star wore two Happy Hearts necklace: in 18-carat white gold shines with elegant hearts contrasting solid and void. Turquoise, white gold openwork and a trio of moving diamonds that dance in a sparkling celebration of love.
Eyes focused on the shoes: Maremma perforated leather and lace mule with pinked trim by Givenchy.

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Chopard – Happy Hearts necklace

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Givenchy – Maremma white pumps



Photo: Anna Netrebko Instagram


Red Ribbon Celebration Concert 2016

The Life Ball, one of the world’s biggest AIDS charity events, is taking a creative break in 2016. Nevertheless, the Red Ribbon Celebration Concert, which has been a fixed component of the Life Ball weekend, was held this year as usual. Vienna’s Burgtheater decked out in Red Ribbons for the fifth time on June 10.

Opera-stars including Anna Netrebko, Juan Diego Flórez, Thomas Hampson, Luca Pisaroni, Piotr Beczala, Margarita Gritskova, Marina Rebeka and many more besides followed in the footsteps of the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice at this concert.

Primadonna Anna Netrebko performed on stage with a Roberto Cavalli’s (?) gown. This is cut from weightless silk-chiffon in a loose, billowy silhouette that moves beautifully as she walks. It’s printed with a sketched taupe pattern.

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For the Red Carpet, the Russian soprano chose a silk draped animal print kaftan dress by Roberto Cavalli.

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On the Red Carpet, Juan Diego Florez and his wife Julia. Mrs. Florez chose a ballgown by the Austrian designer Juergen Christian Hoerl: completely in black tulle with white polka dots, the strapless sweetheart bodice frames a feminine fit, the skirt has a pronounced A-line shape with tulle overlay.

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Present at the event, another beautiful couple: Luca Pisaroni and his wife. Catherine wore a jumpsuit in navy blue with wide leg pant, plunging V neckline, fitted bodice and draped with decorative medallion in front.

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Photos: Harald Artner, Andreas Tischler