The best thing about an opera production shouldn’t be its marketing collateral. That being said, opera companies in the US and around the world have created some stunning posters–award winning pieces–to advertise their shows. They are so intriguing, they might entice you to go see a production you know nothing about. However, if you do know the premise of each opera featured below, some of these designs are nothing short of “pure, dead brilliant.” Clever, fresh–all of them. With any luck the ingenuity of the production surpassed the marketing effort.