Nelly Vago
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Nelly Vago


Nelly Vago, (1937-2006) was Hungary’s Kossuth prize (the highest prize) winning costume designer. Her career was stellar. Almost immediately after finishing her diploma, she was engaged by various theatres in her country and later became chief costume designer for the National Theatre and the Opera House in Budapest. Her costumes were used for numerous productions including Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, Madame Butterfly, Masked Ball, Barber of Seville, Tosca, Aida, Romeo and Juliet, Marriage of Figaro, Othello, The Flying Dutchman. For the theatre she designed costumes for nearly all the Shakespeare, Tcheckov, and Bernard Shaw plays performed at the National Theatre. Her fame was not confined to Hungary. She received the much revered Pirandello Prize in Italy . Agi has a good collection of some of her designs including of the operas mentioned above as well as costumes for Sinbad’s Travels and some Bernard Shaw plays.

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