We are excited that Quetzal has chosen to partner with Virginia Opera. Capturing the beauty and elegance of Madama Butterfly, the exquisitely designed pieces were the highlight of our annual gala.
Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) April 06, 2011
Soon after its February debut at Au Domaine in Alexandria, Quetzal had the privilege of creating something very special for the Virginia Opera’s production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Ludwika Alvarez, the owner and creative spirit behind the company, personally custom designed the hair jewelry for the onstage performance of Sandra Lopez, the beautiful Madama Butterfly, otherwise known as Cio-Cio San.
The hair jewelry was inspired by Madama Butterfly’s elaborately hand painted silk kimono and perfectly accentuates this tragic character’s delicate beauty as well as the poignant sounds of this dramatic opera. As a result, a combination of aesthetic splendor and musical genius complimented the Virginia Opera’s splendid performance.
Marcus A. Kraker, the President of the Northern Virginia Board of Governors of the Virginia Opera said, “We are excited that Quetzal has chosen to partner with Virginia Opera. Capturing the beauty and elegance of Madama Butterfly, the exquisitely designed pieces were the highlight of our annual Gala.”
Quetzal also designed and donated a delicate gemstone double tassel necklace inspired by the fleeting beauty of the cherry blossoms as a tribute to Madama Butterfly and the spring season. It was auctioned off at the Butterflies and Blossoms Gala on April 2nd, with all proceeds going to the Virginia Opera.
Thanks to the generosity of Theresa D'Alessandro, Director of the School of Theatrical Dance in Great Falls, the auction piece found a wonderful home. “To say that the Madama Butterfly necklace is a work of art is an understatement. It is a gracefully connected organic musical phrase of gemstones and pearls. The stones suggest the blossoms of the Japanese garden and the pearls the island nature of the country. I was drawn to this piece not because it is jewelry; but because it is a story. The butterfly clasp is beautiful, yet perfectly unassuming. The necklace is truly a treasure, as is the Virginia Opera.”
Quetzal (“ket-sal”), the inspiration behind the Virginia-based company, is one of the most spectacular rare birds in the world. Like the Quetzal, each luxuriously handcrafted piece reflects exquisite sophistication. These collections embrace feminine beauty, its strength and diversity.
While the Birds of Paradise Collection compliment the sounds of the Virginia Opera, the other three collections express every woman’s style and whim, creating a unique experience for any occasion. The Bold Plumage Collection speaks to the stunning and remarkable woman. The delicate Fine Feathers Collection is created with elegance and sophistication in mind, whereas Chic Chick Collection designs express the fun-loving, free-spirited woman.
Watch out for spectacular custom designs for the Virginia Opera’s production of Aida this fall.