Orfeo ed Euridice | Mariusz Treliński | DVD
Orfeo ed Euridice was written by the German classical composer Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714–1787), one of the great reformers of the opera. Treliński has transfered this ancient story to the modern day: rather than focusing on the multiple meanings of the myth, the director explores its personal dimension, one that could resonate with each of us. The narrative resembles Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage more than the classic version of the tale. Orpheus is a man with little knowledge of life and love, unprepared for the loss of a loved one. His quest in search of his beloved Eurydice becomes a journey into the self; it is an attempt to come to terms with the inevitability of death. In the myth, Eurydice dies from a snake bite, while in Treliński’s rendition of the opera she flails about her apartment before finally committing suicide.
The recording is a co-production by the NInA and the Grand Theatre–National Opera in Warsaw with the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava.
Music: Christoph Willibald Gluck; libretto: Ranieri de’ Calzabigi; director: Mariusz Treliński; musical director: Łukasz Borowicz; set designer: Boris Kudlička; costume designer: Magdalena Musiał; cast: Wojciech Gierlach (Orpheus), Olga Pasiecznik (Eurydice), Lenka Máčiková (Cupid), and the National Opera Soloists, Choir, Ballet, and Orchestra.
The opera is available online with English subtitles at Ninateka (follow the link and click „English version” underneath the short description).