Dates / Schedules
January 27th & 29th 2022 07:00pm
Fascinated by the films of the French director Jean Cocteau, which he saw in his adolescence in Paris during the 1950s, the American Philip Glass was already one of the most important composers of his generation when he decided to make a trilogy of adaptations based on Cocteau’s work. The first of these was the opera Orphée (1993), based on the 1949 film about the myth of Orpheus — the poet and musician who moves heaven and earth to bring his beloved Eurydice back from the underworld.
The director chosen to stage Orphée in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian stage director and filmmaker Felipe Hirsch, reveals that he was greatly moved by the fact that, during the composition of this work, Glass was engaged in an intense personal struggle to help his wife, the designer Candy Jernigan, in her fight against cancer. According to the director — «Philip Glass transformed Jean Cocteau’s masterpiece into another masterpiece. It is somewhat unusual but being unusual is one of Glass’s most distinctive characteristics.» Daniela Thomas, a frequent collaborator of Felipe Hirsch, met and worked with Philip Glass in the 1990s and they both considered the possibility of eventually working together.
Felipe Hirsch says that, in the staging of the opera Orphée, he made a work that was «highly centred on Jean Cocteau», a multiple artist — a poet, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, actor, stage director and designer. In his adaptation, he was influenced by the work with mirrors of the Czech set designer Josef Svoboda, besides the mirrors of Cocteau’s own version of Orphée. The mirror is another character from Orphée, symbolising the relationship with death and old age. According to the stage director, it is a profound reflection on the place in life that is currently occupied by each of us in this situation, in this context. It is the reflection of all artists who reach a certain age, a certain level of recognition, and who reinvent themselves through their love of art.
+ 12 years
By Philip Glass
Based on the film by Jean Cocteau
Adaption by Philip Glass
Edited by Robert Brustein
© Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc. Used by Permission.
Direction Felipe Hirsch
Conductor Pedro Neves
With the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra
Art direction Daniela Thomas and Felipe Tassara
Light design Beto Bruel
The Princess Carla Caramujo
Eurydice Susana Gaspar
Heurtebize Luís Gomes
Cégeste Marco Alves dos Santos
Orphée André Baleiro
The Judge/ The Commissioner Nuno Dias
The Poet Luís Rodrigues
Aglaonice Cátia Moreso
The Reporter/Glazier João Pedro Cabral
Costumes and visagism Nuno Esteves
Movement direction Sofia Dias e Vitor Roriz
Video design Henrique Martins
Direction assistant Crista Alfaiate
Production Ricardo Frayha
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