The Beast’s tortured soul is evident for all to see. He is paying the ultimate price for a moment of mean-spiritedness, and wishes beyond wishing that he could rectify his mistake. There is anger and menace in The Beast’s appearance and behavior, but increasingly we see his soft and endearing side as he interacts with Belle. It becomes clear that he is a loving, feeling, human being trapped within a hideous creature’s body. He is wounded and vulnerable.
The Tales of Hoffman. Lyric Opera in Chicago, Illinois. Design by Ezio Frigerio. This design has two main design elements line and shape. The use of these two elements make a force perspective to the center of the stage. The circles start out large and progressively grow smaller. The lines all point towards the inner circle. There are also some really cool elements including the flower shapes, the organ pipes in the middle, and that the light can shine through the back of the whole set.