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A better closeup of Baba

A better closeup of Baba

We had a run-through of the opera the other night, and as we sometimes do, got to work in parts of our costumes. Costumes can be challenging to deal with (long trains on dresses, things that have to be put on or come off, and so on). This is a close-up of my headdress and veil, and I am also wearing the elaborate coat.


A first glimpse at Baba the Turk

A first glimpse at Baba the Turk

At tonight's rehearsal, I had a wig fitting and then got to work for the first time with my elaborate headdress (complete with veil and six-foot train --- that peach-colored material hanging down the back). I couldn't resist snapping a quick pic in the ladies' room!


Baba the Turk, The Rake's Progress (Des Moines)

Baba the Turk, The Rake's Progress (Des Moines)

Baba the Turk is a fabulous, very glamourous bearded lady! This shot is from my big aria in which I smash crockery and berate my husband (played by Ted Green). This is possibly my favorite role EVAH.


Baba the Turk, The Rake's Progress, The Princeton Festival, 2011

Baba the Turk, The Rake's Progress, The Princeton Festival, 2011

This is the Auction Scene, in which Baba is displeased to find that she has been sold, along with all her possessions.


Baba the Turk, The Rake's Progress, The Princeton Festival, 2011

Baba the Turk, The Rake's Progress, The Princeton Festival, 2011

Baba reveals her beard to the adoring crowd, while her new husband, Tom, suffers from buyer's remorse.


Berta in Barber of Seville (Austin)

Berta in Barber of Seville (Austin)

A backstage photo with Peter Strummer as Bartolo, Austin Lyric Opera, 2007.


Bloody Mary in South Pacific (Boston)

Bloody Mary in South Pacific (Boston)

As Bloody Mary in Opera Boston's very special production of South Pacific, performed in the Navy Shipyards aboard the WW II ship the U.S.S. Cassin Young. Jason Karne as Lt. Cable, Sipra-Celine Agrawal as Liat.


Celtic Music Festival, March 2010

Celtic Music Festival, March 2010

The wearin' o' the green!


Das Rheingold

Das Rheingold

As Erda, the Earth Goddess, in Das Rheingold at Indianapolis Opera, May 2009, with Greer Grimsley as Wotan.


Das_Rheingold

Das_Rheingold

As Erda, the Earth Goddess, in Das Rheingold at Indianapolis Opera, May 2009, with Greer Grimsley as Wotan.


Das_Rheingold

Das_Rheingold

As Erda, the Earth Goddess, in Das Rheingold at Indianapolis Opera, May 2009, with Greer Grimsley as Wotan.


Das_Rheingold

Das_Rheingold

As Erda, the Earth Goddess, in Das Rheingold at Indianapolis Opera, May 2009, with Greer Grimsley as Wotan.


Das_Rheingold

Das_Rheingold

As Erda, the Earth Goddess, in Das Rheingold at Indianapolis Opera, May 2009, with Greer Grimsley as Wotan.


Das_Rheingold

Das_Rheingold

As Erda, the Earth Goddess, in Das Rheingold at Indianapolis Opera, May 2009, with Greer Grimsley as Wotan.


Das_Rheingold

Das_Rheingold

As Erda, the Earth Goddess, in Das Rheingold at Indianapolis Opera, May 2009, with Greer Grimsley as Wotan.


Das_Rheingold

Das_Rheingold

As Erda, the Earth Goddess, in Das Rheingold at Indianapolis Opera, May 2009, with Greer Grimsley as Wotan.


Das_Rheingold

Das_Rheingold

As Erda, the Earth Goddess, in Das Rheingold at Indianapolis Opera, May 2009, with Greer Grimsley as Wotan.


Das_Rheingold

Das_Rheingold

As Erda, the Earth Goddess, in Das Rheingold at Indianapolis Opera, May 2009, with Greer Grimsley as Wotan.


David Small 50th Birthday Concert

David Small 50th Birthday Concert

I wore this for the David Small 50th Birthday Celebration Concert. Both the concert and the dress were a success!


Dialogues of the Carmelites

Dialogues of the Carmelites

As Mere Jeanne, with two of the chorus nuns, as we go to our death at the guillotine.


Dialogues of the Carmelites

Dialogues of the Carmelites

As Mere Jeanne, with Jennifer Check as Madame Lidoine, in Austin Lyric Opera's production.


Dialogues of the Carmelites

Dialogues of the Carmelites

As Mere Jeanne in Austin Lyric Opera's production of Dialogues of the Carmelites. This is the prison scene in which we've all just learned we're going to be guillotined.


Dialogues of the Carmelites

Dialogues of the Carmelites

As Mere Jeanne (with Jennifer Check as Madame Lidoine) in Austin Lyric Opera's production of Dialogues of the Carmelites.


Director,  Carmen

Director, Carmen

I'm not always on the stage --- sometimes I'm behind it! I run a summer opera training program called Spotlight on Opera. Here I am pictured with the beautiful girls from my cast of Carmen!


Director, Spotlight on Opera

Director, Spotlight on Opera

This time I wasn't onstage ... I was behind it, as director of Spotlight on Opera, my summer training program. Here I am with the beautiful, wonderful singers from the 2009 cast. (Most of them are dressed for their scene from Carmen, which I stage directed).


Elgar Sea Pictures with SEU Orchestra

Elgar Sea Pictures with SEU Orchestra

I thought this Calvin Klein Grecian goddess dress was perfect for the Sea Pictures!


Frugola in Il Tabarro (El Paso)

Frugola in Il Tabarro (El Paso)

Photo by McCowen. 2008.


Frugola in Il Tabarro (New Orleans)

Frugola in Il Tabarro (New Orleans)

With soprano Mardi Byers as Georgetta in a scene from Puccini's Il Tabarro with New Orleans Opera, 2007.


Full-length view of Baba

Full-length view of Baba

From our run-through in the rehearsal room. I'm wearing parts of my costume over my street clothes. Colorful AND sparkly!


Gertrude, Romeo & Juliette, San Antonio Opera 2011

Gertrude, Romeo & Juliette, San Antonio Opera 2011

The wedding scene in Friar Laurent's cell.


Gertrude, Romeo & Juliette,Florida Grand Opera 2012

Gertrude, Romeo & Juliette,Florida Grand Opera 2012

I had very fancy costumes for this one!


Headshot

Headshot

One of my most recent headshots, taken by Richard Blinkoff. To see the others, visit www.cindy-sadler.com


Hecate in MacBeth

Hecate in MacBeth

From Austin Shakespeare's production of MacBeth. What fun! September 2008.


Katisha, THE MIKADO, Syracuse Opera

Katisha, THE MIKADO, Syracuse Opera

At a photo shoot for the newspaper.


Katisha, THE MIKADO, Syracuse Opera

Katisha, THE MIKADO, Syracuse Opera

At a photo shoot for the newspaper.


Katisha, THE MIKADO, Syracuse Opera

Katisha, THE MIKADO, Syracuse Opera

Photo by Dick Blume.
With Matthew Hayward as Ko-Ko.


Katisha, THE MIKADO, Syracuse Opera

Katisha, THE MIKADO, Syracuse Opera

Photo by Dick Blume.
With Matthew Hayward as Ko-Ko.


La Badessa in Suor Angelica (New Orleans)

La Badessa in Suor Angelica (New Orleans)

As the Abbess in Suor Angelica, with New Orleans Opera. 2007.


La Zia Principessa, SUOR ANGELICA

La Zia Principessa, SUOR ANGELICA

Second incarnation of the wig. Wig and Makeup by the fabulous Melanie Steele.


La Zia Principessa, SUOR ANGELICA (San Antonio)

La Zia Principessa, SUOR ANGELICA (San Antonio)

Most Seriously Displeased.
Wig and Makeup by the fabulous Melanie Steele.


La Zia Principessa, SUOR ANGELICA (San Antonio)

La Zia Principessa, SUOR ANGELICA (San Antonio)

1st orchestra dress. Wig and Makeup by the fabulous Melanie Steele.


La Zia Principessa, SUOR ANGELICA (San Antonio)

La Zia Principessa, SUOR ANGELICA (San Antonio)

The final wig choice in all its glory.


La Zia Principessa, SUOR ANGELICA (San Antonio)

La Zia Principessa, SUOR ANGELICA (San Antonio)

Wig #1, 1st orchestra dress. Wig and Makeup by the fabulous
Melanie Steele.


La Zia Principessa, Suor Angelica, Opera on the James, 2013

La Zia Principessa, Suor Angelica, Opera on the James, 2013

Chewing the scenery, un petit peu.

OPERA ON THE JAMES, LYNCHBURG VA

Conductor: Douglas Kinney Frost

Stage Director: Paul Houghtaling

Costume Design: Aaron Chvatal

Make-up and Wig Design: Sondra Nottingham


La Zia Principessa, Suor Angelica, Opera on the James, 2013

La Zia Principessa, Suor Angelica, Opera on the James, 2013

With Lina Tetriani as Suor Angelica.

OPERA ON THE JAMES, LYNCHBURG VA

Conductor: Douglas Kinney Frost

Stage Director: Paul Houghtaling

Costume Design: Aaron Chvatal

Make-up and Wig Design: Sondra Nottingham


Mama Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana (San Antonio)

Mama Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana (San Antonio)

Backstage at the Cavalleria Rusticana concert starring Andrea Bocelli and Veronica Villarreol.


Marcellina, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, DMMO 2010

Marcellina, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, DMMO 2010

The finale. Photo by Robin McGee.


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