Opera mourns the miserable death of a great costumier, 76 – Slipped DiscSlipped Disc

Norman Lebrecht

January 14, 2022

The Opera de Marseille paid tribute to Christian Gasc, who was found dead in his home in miserable conditions.

The Opera of Marseille has sadly learned of the death of costume designer Christian Gasc. He was marked by elegance and passion as much as by his immense talent and kindness. Many times he won the Molière and César awards, putting his talent at the service of cinema, theater and opera. The costume workshop and audience at the Opera of Marseille will remember the creation of the costumes “Marius et Fanny” with Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu, as well as the production of “Andre Chénier” directed by Claire Servier. The entire staff expresses their deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

Angela Giorgio adds: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of an extraordinary and unprecedented fashion designer, my dearest friend Christian Jasque, with whom I had a close friendship and correspondence to the end. A generous man of great craftsmanship.
It was an honor to work together and wear his beautiful costumes in the films Tosca and Roméo et Juliette, as well as at the world premiere of Marius et Fanny. Cher Christian, tu resteras toujours dans mon coeur, merci pour tout 💔🙏 Angela. ‘

Playwright Jean-Marie Pesset stated that Christian died in poverty and under social care:
Apparently Christian was under guardianship and was given €200 a month. The regent found him yesterday, the eleventh of January, in the room of his little maid on Servandoni Street, where he had died (not ten days earlier, it was said, but) the day before.
Many of us have turned away from him.
We didn’t know he was in such an ordeal. Nobody warned us. But shame on us we didn’t try to find out either.
In France in 2022, such a crowned artist (César, Molière…) could die in solitude, misery and indifference.
Poor, poor Christian. Forgive us.
Note: on the initiative of a relative, Valerian Guillaume, a party was organized in Saint Sulpice and a funeral set.
His friends are invited to write to jdv23@sfr.fr (Jerome Duval, Coordinator, i.e. Guardian) while waiting for more information.

Apparently Christian was on welfare for €200 a month. The person responsible for his case found him…in his little room on Servandoni Street…many of us had lost touch with him. We didn’t know he was in such an ordeal. Nobody warned us. But shame on us that we didn’t seek knowledge either. In France 2022, such a respected artist (César, Molière…) could die in loneliness, misery and indifference. Poor, poor Christian. Forgive us.

This is his official Covent Garden bio:

Gasc grew up in Tarn-et-Garonne and developed his passion for cinema at an early age. He moved to Paris at the age of 15 and began working as a costume designer for cinema with the help of director Lilian Kermadek, for whom he designed costumes. Alois (1975). He subsequently worked with film directors such as Claire Denis, Marguerite Duras, Jean-Luc Godard, Jaccot, Patrice Leconte, André Cheney and François Truffaut. For Jacot, his costume designs for movies include sad (2000), deep in the forest (2010) and goodbye queen (2012). He has also worked with Jacquot for Television.

Includes numerous opera jas credits Traviata (Paris Opera, with Jacot), So do all of them (Geneva Grand Theatre), Gillum Tell (Zurich Opera), mercy tito And Manon Lescout (La Scala, Milan), FalstaffAnd Nibelung ring And Andrea Chener (Royal Wallonia Opera), Andrea Chener (Monte Carlo), Cyrano de Bergerac (Montpellier National Opera), Peter Pan (Chatelet Theatre), Manon Lescout (Teatro Regio, Turin) and Cosma Mario and Fanny (Marseille and Avignon). He designed stage costumes for the theater by Chekhov, Claudel, Cocteau, Cornell, Duma Sonand Feydeau, Guitry, Ibsen, Kleist, Wilde, and Tennessee Williams.

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