hannibal the opera


Maria Bjornson’s Photo Inspiration, Part 2 

(Part 1)

Also from The Great Opera Singers In Historic Photographs

Everything in Part 1 was confirmed to be images Maria actually referenced, but when I was flipping through the book, it was immediately apparent that other photos from there provided the basis for some of the opera costumes in Phantom.

The black and white photo on the top left is from Die Walküre and when I first saw it I thought Hannibal Soldier right off the bat, and it’s especially apparent in the tunic/sleeved portion an the design of the armored area.

But the more I looked through my files it didn’t really feel like a perfect one-to-one comparison and I didn’t want to inaccurately state that this was definitely something that inspired the design, but then it dawned on me where I had seen that chain before: the original Slavemaster costume sketch.

And then something really clicked into place when I pulled up the two side by side. Check out the placement of his hand and the sword, the drape of the sash, that unmistakeable waistband, etc. etc. 

I KNOW I should be studying, but I was way to excited about it not to share!


"I’m a monster."
"No, I know what monsters are. You’re a victim."

People always talk about the badass ladies of Hannibal, and while Alana and Freddie and the like are great, we never talk about the most badass of them all:

Lenora the Opera Singer (as portrayed as the flawless Emily Klassen in Sorbet)


Not only is she the only woman to make Hannibal Lecter cry, but she also made him cry in public and less than five minutes into the episode.




It did not escape Dr. Lecter, the irony of Clarice’s costume choice for them this Halloween.

Clannibal Sketch Prompt! A combo attack! Costume Party originally requested by alovelypsychopath and Phantom of the Opera originally suggested by reinepadova. I decided to kill two birds with one stone.


Rare footage of the original London cast of “Phantom of the Opera”, featuring Rosemary Ashe in “Hannibal”, Steve Barton and Sarah Brightman in “All I Ask of You”, the cast in “Masquerade” (beautifully shot) and Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman in “Point of No Return”. 

In total 9 minutes of footage, it’s very well worth a watch, despite the annoying voiceovers here and there.