"I see fashion as an extension of my artistry, and I like the pieces I wear to tell a story. That could be an edgy modern leather minidress, a vintage Hepburn-style gown, or my one-of-a-kind calla lily necklace. I love neutrals, and I’m also inspired by the rich colors of Matisse’s paintings – all those golds and greens and blues grounded by the inky black. 

I’ve been cast in several productions with an art deco, 20s-inspired look, and I’m endlessly inspired by that era. The geometric cuts, the drop waists – they broke out of the corseted strictures of the Belle Epoque, and liberated femininity, redefining it as something more individual and inventive. The modern heroine, imperfect but wholly original, resonates with me artistically and personally.

I grew up steeped in rock music, and my style melds that rocker chic element with the timeless elegance of opera. I like to work with designers that make a statement, especially up-and-coming and local designers where I’m performing. Ideally, their art informs mine and vice versa – I love seeing what can happen when creative minds collaborate.”

In Marchesa Notte for the opening night of La bohème at Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

In Marchesa Notte for the opening night of La bohème at Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

In Wai Ming for the opening night of La rondine at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis  

In Wai Ming for the opening night of La rondine at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
 

One of my signature pieces of jewelry, my calla lily necklace by London designer Christopher St. James

One of my signature pieces of jewelry, my calla lily necklace by London designer Christopher St. James