The Designs of Santo Loquasto

By Jonathan Tichler

The sleek, stylized set and evocative, modern costumes of the Jürgen Flimm’s 2004 Met production of Strauss’s Salome (pictured at the top of this page and below), which is featured in this week’s schedule of free streams, show off the design work of Santo Loquasto, a Broadway master who made his Met debut in 2001 with Verdi’s Luisa Miller. A four-time Tony Award–winner, most recently for the costumes for the 2017 Hello Dolly, starring Bette Midler, he has designed sets and costumes for more than 70 Broadway productions (garnering more than 50 Tony nominations)—as well as more than 70 Off-Broadway credits. He was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2004.

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He has also designed extensively for film and dance, including more than 20 films with Woody Allen. In the dance world, he has worked with most major international companies, and has collaborated with Mark Morris, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp, and Paul Taylor, among others.

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Elijah Moshinsky’s production of Verdi’s Luisa Miller—available for viewing on Met Opera on Demand in a 2018 Live in HD transmission that was also recently featured in a free stream—shows the range of his palette, with its beautiful, naturalistic sets and handsome, rich costumes (pictured above). Loquasto’s other Met credits include sets and costumes for the 2002 company premiere of William Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge (pictured below) and Andrei Serban’s 2005 staging of Gounod’s Faust.

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Jonathan Tichler is the Met’s Photo Editor.