MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) announces that CFDA designer Christian Siriano will provide gowns for the company’s upcoming performance of Dido and Aeneas on April 28, 2016 at 7pm and April 29, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center, 131 W. 55th Street, New York City.
The performance will feature a World Premiere prologue to Dido and Aeneas by Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, First Daughter Suite) that presents the three Fates that control Dido’s destiny. MasterVoices’ production of Dido and Aeneas will be semi-staged, and will feature the direction and choreography of Doug Varone, the dancers of his company Doug Varone and Dancers, conducting by MasterVoices’ Artistic Director Ted Sperling, the MasterVoices chorus, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. The cast, hailing from both the Broadway and opera worlds, is comprised of Kelli O’Hara (Tony Award Winner,The King and I) as Dido, Victoria Clark (Tony Award Winner, The Light in the Piazza) as the Sorceress, Elliot Madore (Winner of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions) as Aeneas, Anna Christy (Les contes d’Hoffmann, the Metropolitan Opera) as Belinda, and emerging young artist Sarah Mesko as Second Woman. David Korins (Hamilton, Bel Canto) will serve as the Scenic Consultant. Gowns will be provided by Christian Siriano.
Tickets starting at $30 are available online atNYCityCenter.org, by calling CityTix® at 212-581-1212, or at the City Center box office at 131 W. 55th Street (btwn 6th and 7th).
Following his studies in London under Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, Christian Siriano launched his eponymous collection in 2008. The Christian Siriano collection is now shown each season at New York Fashion Week, and presented in New York and Paris to retailers. Known for whimsical and show-stopping design – from fantasy evening gowns and cocktail dresses, to tailored sportswear, to intricately detailed shoes and accessories – the collection can be found at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and other department stores and specialty boutiques around the globe. In 2012 the first flagship Christian Siriano store opened on Elizabeth Street in New York City, and in 2013 he was inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
Dubbed “the new king of old-school glamour” by Elle and “the next billion-dollar designer” by Yahoo! Style’s Lauren Sherman, his designs have appeared on the world’s biggest stars and most prestigious red carpets. He counts the world’s leading ladies as clients, from stars of film (Lupita Nyong’o, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Shailene Woodley, Patricia Arquette, Emily Blunt, Sharon Stone) to icons of music (Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Solange Knowles, Nicki Minaj, Carrie Underwood) to stars of television (Tina Fey, Lea Michele, Emma Roberts, Christina Hendricks, Heidi Klum, Allison Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Edie Falco) and darlings of fashion (Victoria Beckham, Alexa Chung, Dita Von Teese, Kate Upton, Olivia Palermo, Coco Rocha), to name just a few.
Christian Siriano also designs four seasonal collections of affordable shoes and handbags for Payless ShoeSource, an ongoing guest designer collaboration since 2009. Other design partnerships have included a makeup line for Victoria’s Secret, and clothing and accessories with Lane Bryant, Best Buy, HSN, Disney, Nordstrom, Puma, Starbucks, Spiegel, and others. He is the youngest person to ever appear on the Crain’s “40 Under 40” list, was a member of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in 2015, and he co-founded accessories e-commerce retailer “Send the Trend” and served as Chief Curator until its acquisition by QVC in 2012. “Silhouette,” his first fragrance, launched in 2014. Christian Siriano intimates, eyewear, home/bedding, and beauty collections are all debuting in 2015 and 2016.