Orfeo ed Euridice

The baroque opera Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck was my first foray into classic opera on a large stage. To tell the tragic story of Orfeo searching for his Eurydice I 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.

“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..” Inese Lūsiņa Diena