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The Making of Rigoletto, pt 1 - prosthetic make-up at Florida Grand Opera

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Uploaded on Oct 7, 2011

Florida Grand Opera's (FGO) talented make-up staff were hard at work creating the foundation for one of the main props to be used in Rigoletto -- a prosthetic hump covering the torso of lead baritone Mark Walters.

Rigoletto is the story of a deformed, hunchback jester who assists the Duke of Mantua in his philandering ways. To make the jester's defect all the more real and intensify the emotional connection with the audience, director Jeff Buchman decided to have Walters wear a hand-sculpted prosthetic hump, instead of the typical overstuffed pillow. Prosthetic work is rarely seen in operatic productions and this will be one of the first times one is done for Verdi's Rigoletto.

We made a replica of Walter's upper body from which to sculpt the prosthetic. To learn more about this process, click here for a video and interview with FGO's make-up team.

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