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Northcroft Fabrics makes its New York Metropolitan Opera debut

Northcroft Fabrics was delighted to recently supply a selection of luxury fabrics to the New York Metropolitan Opera for use in its production of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.

Olivier Award-winning costume designer Jenny Tiramani selected silk velvets from Northcroft Fabrics portfolio of traditional collections in order to create her authentic Tudor designs for the production. She had previously used Northcroft Fabrics when designing for the Globe Theatre and was clearly impressed by both the high quality fabrics and expert knowledge of traditional designs that Northcroft Fabrics provides. The effort made by Jenny Tiramani to source such authentic fabrics evidently paid off with the New York Times describing her designs as “colourful, detailed and true to the period.”

Several styles were chosen from Northcroft Fabrics exclusive range, including a silk velvet used in the burgundy coloured dress worn by protagonist Anna Bolena. The title role was performed by Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, whose portrayal of the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king received rave reviews. Northcroft Fabrics also provided plain velvet and several specially gaufraged designs in black for Henry VIII and various other members of the cast.

John Kitching of Northcroft Fabrics commented: “It was a true privilege to be part of such a fantastic production and we were delighted to once again provide Jenny Tiramani with a selection of our fabrics. As a leading authority on historical costuming she recognises the merit in using traditional fabrics and it was fascinating to see how she employed our designs to create such exquisite and authentic costumes.”