Orpheus and Eurydice – the myth brought to life once again

A year ago, the world-famous Italian opera director, designer and choreographer Stefano Poda put on Christoph Gluck’s opera Orpheus and Eurydice at the Ancient Theatre in the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv (at the time, twin European Capital of Culture together with the Italian city of Matera). Now the Bulgarian capital Sofia is hosting a photo exhibition by Alexander Bogdan Thompson dedicated to that very same production of the Plovdiv Opera.

The images can be viewed at the garden outside of the National Theatre “Ivan Vazov” until 14 June. The show is organised by the Istituto Italiano Di Cultura in Sofia.

The photos capture Poda’s talent for turning opera into a form of plastic art rich in striking visuals. His version of Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice at the Roman theatre in the city that was once known as Philippopolis is a modern take on the universal nature of the famous myth. Among the many productions that Poda has created are Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) in Florence, Andrea Chenier (Giordano) in Seoul, Thais (Massenet) in Turin and Sao Paolo, Otello (Verdi) in Budapest, Falstaff (Verdi) in Liege, La forza del destino (Verdi) in Parma, Il trittico (Puccini) in Buenos Aires, Maria Stuarda (Donizetti) in Graz and Bilbao, Il trovatore (Verdi) in Athens, etc.

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