Maurice Sendak

Opera Sets

Maurice Sendak painting chairs for an opera set

During his prolific career as an author and illustrator Maurice Sendak also designed operas. His designs include operas such as: A Love for Three Oranges, The Goose of Cairo, and The Cunning Little Vixen, 16 in all. Sendak designed the sets, costumes and props; which were created to his exact specifications, often as he stood over the artists. However, Maurice was notorious for stepping in and painting portions of the sets or props himself.