Opera challenges – the importance of hair design and make-up

Opera is an art form that is more than 400 years old and which has grown to worldwide reputation and admiration. Today, this artistic discipline is enjoyed as a cultural event of a highly-artistic value. The success of an opera act is given by its performers – musicians and artists who combine a musical theme with a lyrical story to create a single act. However, behind their triumph lies the immense work produced by designers and make-up artists. These positions are extremely valued in the world of opera and they are always occupied by the best experts in this business.

The evolution of make-up in opera plays

The art of reproducing lyrical texts of an immense artistic value by voices of an equal or better quality has emerged in Italy at the end of the 16th century. The artists of that time chose to reintroduce the “chorus” function in their theatre plays. This practice led to the discovery and development of amazing voice actors. In less than two decades play writers began to write their works entirely in chorus format.

Because the opera houses were very large, the actors’ looks had to be enhanced with make-up in order to be seen by the audience that sat in the back rows. This practice is still used today and it has become a legendary trademark for this form of art.

The challenges of a hair design artist

Wigs have always been an important prop of theatre and opera plays. The artificial hair used in opera performances is a carefully-designed artistic piece as well. Artists and designers who partake in this activity spend years studying the development and importance of wigs.

A badly-constructed wig can result in a major inconvenient for the artist who has to wear it, and a subsequent bad performance. Even if nowadays some opera singers refuse to wear artificial hair, this accessory is still highly-valued by audiences and art critiques alike.

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