Presented for the first time at the Paris Opera, The Snow Maiden by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was inspired by the legend of Snegúrochka, a gem of Russian folklore. This opera portrays a magical world nurtured by the forces of Nature, in which the seasons take pride of place. For Dmitri Tcherniakov’s production, the costume workshop has created a hundred or so coronets of flowers and twenty-one bird headdresses for the soloists, chorus and extras of the cast. Their elaboration has involved weeks of work and illustrates a unique skill. Picture gallery.