“Using upcycled crystals was so important,” says Lismore. “It’s good to re-use and repurpose elements, and turn them into something new. I never throw anything away!”
Adding to the on-stage narrative, color plays an essential role in the depictions of the characters with each of the three primary characters being adorned in distinctly shaded crystals; Orpheus is
depicted in red, Eurydice in blue and Aristaeus in green.
“You go to the opera to see beauty,” Lismore says. “The production will feature dance, clowns, comedy, mimes, dolls, puppets and heartbreaking acting. But the way Swarovski crystals combine with the lighting sets the mood of the whole opera. The shimmering turns it into something magical.”
Director Daniel Kramer adds, “I am delighted to work so closely with Swarovski for the first time on this ground-breaking production of The Mask of Orpheus.
The Mask of Orpheus will be staged on five separate nights at the English National Opera, London, between October 18 and November 13, to coincide with Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s 85th birthday.