Delirio: Jessica Pratt at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo

Formidable interpreter of the Belcanto repertoire, Jessica Pratt performed at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo in a concert entitled “Delirio” on November 13, 2021. A selection of arias taken from the romantic repertoire with scenes of madness of the heroines of Bellini and Donizetti at the center.
For the occasion, Jessica asked the costume designer Giuseppe Palella to create costumes for her that represented Linda di Chamounix, Lucia di Lammermoor, Emilia di Liverpool, Elvira from I Puritani and Amina from La Sonnambula.
Five dream costumes were born in pure, unmistakable Palella style!


The costume designer Giuseppe Palella declared exclusively for Operafashion: “Delirio” is a project that Jessica Pratt wanted to realize for several years. In our first meeting we let his emotions and especially his direction on heroines speak. My proposals are all overlapping of subjects and transparencies.
We shared intense and beautiful days in her amazing Tuscan home and we did endless rehearsals without limiting our imagination. Personally, Jessica is a magical woman, those who worked with her know what I’m talking about: just to feel her that costume and make it a character, she studies it lives and breathes it. The photos speak clearly is really a great ARTIST.”

Jessica Pratt as Donizetti’s Linda di Chamouix, Teatro Massimo Palermo


Palella continues: “Jessica was immediately clear, for example, about the white costume, she wanted a costume with something that made a simple ivory silk original.”

Jessica Pratt as Elvira in Donizetti’s I Puritani


“One of my favourite things about Giuseppe Palella’s craft is the incredible details and fabulous beading work” said Jessica Pratt. “Delirio” would not be complete without the most famous of the mad-scenes: Lucia di Lammermoor. Lucia was my first role and the one I sing more often. It always feels like home. White wedding dresses did not come into vogue until 1840 with the marriage of Queen Victoria so I and Giuseppe Palella decided on a black costume to emphasize her state of mourning.”

Jessica Pratt as Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Teatro Massimo Palermo

Photo Credits: Franco Lannino, Marco Borrelli

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