Edward Gorey Opera Notecards
The Metropolitan Opera in New York reproduced select artworks of Edward Gorey, a lifelong devotee of opera and ballet, for promotional materials and merchandise. His drawing on this folio’s cover—a couple with swords, shields, and headgear worthy of Wagner’s Brünnhilde and Wotan—appeared on the birthday card for the Met’s centennial in 1983. Gorey’s book The Blue Aspic is the story of an operatic understudy turned diva and her singularly obsessed fan. In typical Gorey (and operatic) fashion, the tale does not end well for either of them. Gorey also designed the sets and costumes for a Peter Sellars production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the New Hampshire Symphony in 1980.
Gorey (American, 1925–2000) was an artist, writer, and book designer. His drawings and stories, set in a vaguely Edwardian time frame, exhibit a special genius for what is left unseen and unsaid. Crosshatched characters and quirky narratives keep Gorey devotees in gleeful anticipation of decorous mayhem.
The creator of more than one hundred works—from a wealth of darkly hilarious books to the animated opening sequence of the PBS television series Mystery!—Gorey was a master of the amusing, the strange, and the unexpected. His artworks are collected and treasured throughout the world.
10 notecards with 10 envelopes, 5 each of 2 designs, in a decorated folio. 5” x 7”