Very sad news.
Melissa Schlachtmeyer, who designed costumes for opera, dance and theatre across the US and Europe, has died in Florence of complications from breast cancer.
Based in Portland, Oregon, she worked with directors Sam Helfrich and Moritz-von-Stuelpnagel, choreographers Jonathan Frederickson and Neta Pulvermacher and actors Bebe Neuwirth, Kate Buron and Alan Cumming.
Melissa, who was 41, is survived by a seven year-old daughter and her husband, the composer Jonathan Newman.
Our condolences to the family.