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Immortal Longings is an artist-run London company specializing Shakespare & Opera illustrations.

What you'll discover: Delightfully dramatic Shakespeare gifts featuring the Bard's best loved characters. I'm passionate about offering inspired gifts for actors, literature lovers, teachers, poets, dreamers, dramatics and romantics. My Opera Series provides art for international productions, giving an illustrated style to the thrilling music and characters.

My unique Shakespeare Gifts and Opera Gifts include: Giclée Art Prints, Art Cards, our Leatherbound journals (which make wonderful diaries and sketchbooks), Postcards, iPhone Wallpapers, and More.

The artwork is created by designer Elizabeth E. Schuch, working with local artisans in the UK and Society6 in the USA to produce gifts. Elizabeth has worked with Shakespeare's Globe, The Metropolitan Opera, The Seattle Opera, The Royal National Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, and other venues around the world to create illustrations based in the world of drama.

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Friday, 27 March 2009

From the wings: The New Opera Series






Opening in NYC this week, at the Metropolitan Opera:A special production of Wagner's complete Ring Cycle, and with it, the launch of my latest illustration series.  


The Metropolitan Opera, with its grand stages and modern sparkle, is a thrilling venue.  
And I've designed an exclusive new range just for the Met Shop: featuring the Ring Cycle in four Illustrations. 
 












           










It was great challenge, and I'm looking forward to adding more Opera to my rep. 
(Okay, I'd been covertly studying operas and planning this for several years now. ) Wagner gives you buckets of imagery and metaphor to pick from, so the difficult bit was deciding where to start.


Below is a sneak preview of the designs and goodies.  
These will only be available through the Met's Gift Shop, and it's a lovely place to visit.  
(If your not in NY, you can find them online, or call 212-580-4090.)












From Wagner's Der Ring Aus des Nibelungen
Inspired by Art Nouveau, with modern license.

DAS RHEINGOLD
Framed inside the golden Ring is Freia, 
the Goddess of youth and beauty.  
To preserve her services in Valhalla, the gods seek out the Ring that will shape their own demise.





DIE WALKURE
The lovely daughters of Wotan assemble on a high mountain, in a moment of leisure before their famous ride. Their task is to escort fallen heroes to the realm of the gods.  One of these Valkyries, Brunnhilde, will defy her father and be punished for her brazen behavior.





SIEGFRIED
The young hero, Siegfried, born of the children of Wotan, defeats a dragon and captures the Ring. After braving enchanted fire, he finds a warrior asleep and cuts away the armour, revealing Brunnhilde's feminine form.  She will awake in a moment and meet the eyes of her beloved hero.








GOTTERDAMMERUNG
Destruction and rebirth herald the end of an age.  In the sky, flames from the funeral pyre of Siegfried will consume Valhalla.  It is the end  of the gods, and discarded weapons and armour of heroes sink to the bottom of the Rhine.  In the
 overflowing river, the Ring is restored to the Rhinemaidens in triumph.


These designs appear on Prints & Cards, Bookmarks & Leather bound journals by artisan Whitehide, Buttons, Magnets & Mirrors by the constantly fabulous ButtonDivas.  Silk Scarves are on their way as well.




Not to put the Bard on the back burner, there will be new designs for spring, coming soon.