Designed by Jan Meier, Head of Costume Workshops for the Salzburg Festival, the dress featured more than 120 meters of layered fabric and tulle with Swarovski crystals in Jet Hematite and Black Diamond infused throughout. As Meier said, the goal was “to emphasize Anna Netrebko’s charisma through her dress and evoke the character of the role.” Meier succeeded, with the dress appearing luminous and multi-dimensional on stage.
In addition to “Manon Lescaut,” Swarovski crystals share the stage with four other productions at this year’s Salzburg Festival. These include “Faust,” “Jedermann” (“Everyman”), “Die Liebe der Danae” (“The Love of Danae”), and “Der Ignorant und der Wahnsinnige” (“The Fool and the Madman”). Highlights from these shows include a crystallized catsuit for “Faust” to cosmic-inspired gowns for the Queen of the Night in “Der Ignorant und der Wahnsinnige,” with an eight meter crystallized train replicating the Milky Way.
Swarovski continues to support the Salzburg Festival, reflecting the brand’s continued commitment to social responsibility and community support for over 120 years. The exchange provides fresh impetus for social and economic progress and complements the vision of company founder Daniel Swarovski, who identified this duty as an integral part of Swarovski’s corporate culture. The Swarovski Foundation will also be subsidizing the Salzburg Festival’s youth subscriptions this year.