For sale: All you need to stage your own opera

Samuel Muston
Wednesday 14 March 2012 01:00 GMT
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After 20 years of producing operas in stadiums, arenas and other unusual venues around the world, Companions Amsterdam is putting away its songbooks and shutting up shop for the last time, after its retiring director, Peter Kroone, failed to find anyone to fill his shoes.

Sad news for opera fans.

But, as the saying goes, as one door shuts, another opens: especially if you like dressing up. For Kroone is selling off the costumes and props on eBay. Worth taking a look if you have a penchant for Spanish peasant garb (Carmen) or fancy the biblical-king look (Nabucco). But be warned, you have to buy all the costumes and set – and the last production was in the Stade de France.

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