music theatre/opera

Orfeo ed Euridice

By Christoph Willibald Gluck

Direction by Baņuta Rubess


The baroque opera Orfeo ed Euridice was Rubess' first foray into classic opera on a large stage. The tragic story of Orfeo searching for his Eurydice in the underworld was inspired by a Duane Michals photograph of a man, stricken with grief and loneliness, sitting on the edge of his bed.  The journey to the underworld took Orfeo to the edge of a satellite, probing the vast and unresponsive universe.

Orfeo ed Euridice

Produced at the Latvian National Opera, 1999-2000.

Photogallery - Orfeo ed Euridice - photo by Gunārs Janaitis

Reviews

“Opera allows for a wide range of expression, and they explored all of them, looking for contact at various levels: between the art of the baroque and the twentieth century, Orfeo and Eurydice, life and imagination, truth and interpretation, the physical and metaphysical world. They have succeeded with a poetic and painterly production. [..] The production truly provokes you to think..” Orfeo looks for contact Inese Lūsiņa May 29, 2000, Diena