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Costume and apparel designer Charles Neumann has worked with organizations including Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Omaha, Edgewood Studios, Central City Opera, MassOpera, and others. He's designed productions including Capuleti e I MontecchiPagliacci, The Threepenny OperaTrouble in TahitiSuor Angelica, and Cendrillon, and has assisted on productions including The Handmaid's TaleThe Rape of Lucretia, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He designed for the film Illegal Aliens, featuring the late Anna Nicole Smith and Joanie Laurer, better known as professional wrestler "Chyna." The 2019/20 season includes new productions of NormaPagliacciGiulio CesareRumpelstiltskin, and I Capuleti e i Montecchi with companies including Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Omaha, and Guerilla Opera of Boston. 

Charles has been featured in Boston Fashion Week and has shown at charity events including Urban Nights, a fundraiser for homeless and at-risk youth sponsored by Urban Peak, and WE CAN with Mondo Guerra, sponsored by AIDS Connecticut. He's a first place winner in the IIDA Design Competition and a second place winner of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Project Mozart competition. As an illustrator, Charles was a principal illustrator in Rockport Publishers' book, "Fashion Design Referenced." His work has been featured in the American Textile Museum's Inspired Design Exhibition and at the Natick Collection's Form and Fashion installation.


Charles holds a degree in Fashion Design and Production from Lasell University and completed a costume internship with Central City Opera.


2021 / I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI / opera omaha / designer

2020 / GIULIO CESARE / boston lyric opera / designer (canceled due to covid-19)

2020 / NORMA / boston lyric opera / designer 

2019 / PAGLIACCI / boston lyric opera / designer

2019 / THE HANDMAID'S TALE / boston lyric opera / associate designer

2019 / RUMPELSTILTSKIN / guerilla opera / designer

2019 / THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA / boston lyric opera / associate designer

2018 / IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA / boston lyric opera / associate designer

2018 / THE THREEPENNY OPERA / boston lyric opera / designer

2017 / BOSTON FASHION WEEK / featured designer

2015 / SUOR ANGELICA / MassOpera / designer

2015 / TROUBLE IN TAHITI / MassOpera / designer

2014 / WE CAN WITH MONDO GUERRA FASHION SHOW / aids connecticut / 1st place

2014 / FIERCE STYLES / featured designer

2013 / FASHION DESIGN REFERENCED / rockport publishers / illustrator

2013 / URBAN NIGHTS FUNDRAISER / urban peak / featured designer

2011 / FORM AND FASHION INSTALLATION / natick collection

2011 / CENDRILLON / MassOpera / designer

2011 / CARMEN / central city opera / costume and wardrobe intern

2011 / SEVEN DEADLY SINS / central city opera / costume and wardrobe intern

2011 / LES MAMELLES DE TIRÉSIAS / central city opera / costume and wardrobe intern

2011 / AMADIGI DI GAULA / central city opera / costume and wardrobe intern

2010 / AID FOR CANCER RESEARCH / fashion show and luncheon / featured designer

2010 / INSPIRED DESIGN / american textile museum / exhibitor

2010 / WINDOW INSTALLATION / peabody office furniture showroom

2010 / IIDA DESIGN COMPETITION / new england fashion show benefit gala / 1st place

2009 / PROJECT MOZART COMPETITION / boston symphony orchestra / 2nd place

2006 / ILLEGAL ALIENS / edgewood studios / designer


THE WALL STREET JOURNAL / 'Pagliacci' Review: Betrayal Under the Big Top

THE BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER / Pagliacci: An Immersive Extravaganza


THE HUNTINGTON NEWS / Boston Fashion Week Empowers Local Talent

THE DAILY FREE PRESS / Boston Fashion Week to Showcase Local Talent

DENVER POST / Outdoor Fashion Show to Benefit Urban Peak

NATICK PATCH / Natick Collection Host 3rd Annual Form to Fashion

"... Surely a highpoint of the BLO production came from Costumer Charles Neumann..." 

-David Patterson for The Boston Musical Intelligencer

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