Wigs & Makeup

In her 35-year career as a makeup artist, mask-maker, and sculptor, Beckie Kravetz has changed divas into demons, girls into boys and boys into birds, made old singers young and hairy singers bald, and turned various actors into goddesses, goats, unicorns, clowns, and trolls. After studying mask-making at the Yale School of Drama and Italy’s Centro Maschere e Strutture Gestuali , she was hired by the Santa Fe Opera to make masks for their 1987 production of Ariodante. That job introduced her to the mask-like scale of operatic makeup, and Beckie joined the fledgling Los Angeles Opera, where she ended up serving as assistant wig master, principal makeup artist, and resident mask-maker for the next two decades. Beckie’s skills have transformed Placido Domingo, Sir Thomas Allen, Samuel Ramey, Carol Vanness, Rod Gilfry, and Jennifer Larmore, among many others. She also created makeup, masks, and wigs for television commercials starring Michael J. Fox, Charles Barkley, Michael Jackson, and Madonna.

Beckie left LA Opera in 2006 to focus on her work as a sculptor and mask maker, but her work as a makeup and wig designer continues with several regional companies, including Berkshire Opera Festival, Opera Roanoke and Opera Fairbanks.

Please contact Beckie if you are interested in her makeup and wig design services. Several examples of her operatic transformations can be seen in the Theatrical Makeup Gallery.

Beckie at Los Angeles Opera, with Placido Domingo as Rasputin in Nicholas and Alexandra.