John F. Martin memorably captures operatic performers away from the audience but fully inhabiting their roles. For years Martin had a portable studio in the basement of the San Francisco Opera and photographed the players in costume and full makeup right before or after they took the stage. Subjects range from nonsinging supernumeraries to chorus members and comprimarii to operas greatest stars, such as Anna Netrebko, Natalie Dessay, Deborah Voigt, Juan Diego Flórez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Roles run the gamut of opera personalities: heroes and heroines, villains and outcasts, royalty and common folk, Biblical figures and creatures of myth. Facing Martin's camera, each artist projects the essence of his or her character, however great or small the part. 212 pages. Measure 9" x 12"