A Week At The Opera

I recently had the extreme pleasure of working on the hair and makeup crew for Seattle Opera’s acclaimed production of Porgy and Bess.

What a joy.

Soprano Angel Blue performing as Bess

For a little over a week, I made the almost daily commute to and from Seattle, by ferry, to paint five extremely talented faces of the chorus.

So much makeup!

It was chaotic and exciting, (one of the hottest weeks in the Pacific Northwest, to boot!), exhilarating…exhausting, and overall a truly beautiful experience. I am so fortunate to have been able to witness the performance ripen during the informality and rough spots of Tech Week on into the polished richness of Opening Night.  I met some truly amazingly talented people, both on stage, and behind the scenes; and got to reconnect with an old high school buddy.

Waiting in the wings

Unfortunately, I had to bow out of completing the run, as my beloved Eugenia Jeep is now at Car Hospital in Tacoma; and the commute was just too frustrating to do without a car — big city commuter I am not.  But I will always be grateful for the connections I made and the work I did that week I spent at the Opera.

Plus, there was cake!

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Rebecca Cramer, raised in Oklahoma City, OK, had her first job in design, layout, and printing of concert posters for artists like B.B, King, Bobby Blue Bland, and Wanda Jackson at her family’s offset and lithography business, Colorcraft Poster Company. Her career history includes editing and managing the review process for The American Ornithologists’ Union’s magazine The Auk, as well as teaching English at the secondary and post-secondary levels. In 2008 she completed a Master’s in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) at Oklahoma City University. One constant has been Becca’s love for the arts and her penchant for creating, and she approaches design and construction from an artist's perspective. She has worked such diverse media as silver-smithing, collage, and found-item art. She loves repurposing things others throw away into something useful and beautiful. Early on, Becca displayed a passion for makeup early, when at the age of two she broke into her grandmother’s lipstick stash and applied lipstick to herself, the vanity, and the walls. In June 2012, she moved to Denver to become a makeup artist. Under the name Becca Be, and Fetch, her work has appeared in several fashion publications, including Dark Beauty, Jute, and Kai’outi magazines. She has also worked with designers for Denver Fashion Week, and with ADCD’s Paper Fashion Show (both as artist, and Production Designer).

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