OPERA BAG: Papageno Limited Edition



Traditionally, opera is said to have been invented in the late sixteenth century by a group of Florentine intellectuals known as the Camerata. They made a simple experiment to recreate Greek drama: What happens when music and drama collide? However, the Florentine Camerata created an entirely new art form that would have been unfamiliar to the ancient Greeks: a new form of musical storytelling called “opera.”

Like the artist-experimenters that first invented opera, artists continue to create new experiments that combine music and drama in different ways. For 400 years, artists have been innovating, learning and reacting against one another to propel the art form forward. However, it started to look like the experiment was winding down…until today.

Opera has always played an important role in Italian culture. Works by Italian composers of the 19th and early 20th centuries, such as Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini, count among the most famous operas ever written and are performed in the most prestigious opera houses around the world. Many famous operas by foreign composers, including Händel, Gluck and Mozart, were originally written in Italian.

Anyhow, nowadays, due to new kind of entertainment, young people became less and less interested, plus in Italy, the lack of funds and legislation discouragement, make everything more difficult to follow.

L3S is deeply interested to bring up the Opera culture again, as well as theatre in general. Both Camilla and Costanza always have been fascinated by it: Camilla worked different years at the Opéra in Paris and Costanza after she studied Costume and Fashion design in Rome followed different theatre projects in costume design.

We created the Opera Bag collection to communicate our passion and try to find a way to reconnect people to this beautiful art, by means of this 50s inspired free-handed purse.

So every now and then, also a Limited Edition will come out, inspired by a character of a famous play.

For our fist Limited Edition Opera Bag we chose:


The Magic Flute

Papageno is a character by The Magic Flute, a 1791 opera in two acts by W. A. Mozart.

A marvelous tale placed in an unreal ancient Egypt, it tells the story of the initiation of Prince Tamino, enlisted by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina, helped by the faithful Papageno.