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‘The Hours’ Gets Dressed for the Opera

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While creating the costumes for a new opera adaptation of “The Hours,” a designer found inspiration in archival wallpaper, an English farmhouse and 1990s Calvin Klein.

When the British designer Tom Pye was first brought on to the creative team of “The Hours,” a new opera by Kevin Puts that had its premiere at the Met on Tuesday, it was just for the sets.

But that was before he learned that the opera, like the 2002 movie inspired by the same Michael Cunningham novel, had pulled out all the stops when it came to filling the principal roles: three women strewn across the 20th century whose fates seem united by a mysterious connection to Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway.” In Joyce DiDonato, the Met found its Virginia; in Kelli O’Hara, its despairing midcentury homemaker Laura Brown; and in Renée Fleming, its high-powered Manhattanite book editor Clarissa Vaughan.

In a recent interview, he explained his vision for the three women at the heart of “The Hours.”

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