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WSD2017|Orphée et Eurydice
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers


Conor Murphy

Orphée et Eurydice

Selected Category: Performance Design

Category: Performance Design, Set Design, Costume Design

Design Statement

The design for Orphée et Eurydice is centred on music, space and light. With the co-directors and conductor, we discussed the orchestra being onstage so that the music could literally drive the action. Orphée channels his grief through music and Gluck uses the chorus, dancers and musicians to propel the story forward. The orchestra were placed on a platform which either rose above the action or descended to from a pit onstage and we extended the stage by building over the original orchestra pit. Transformation from a world of shadows to a place of shimmering light in the Elysian fields was achieved using three copper ceiling pieces which could be raised, lowered or angled. They also functioned as acoustic panels and were fitted with hundreds of lamps so that we could fill the stage with curtains of light. Costumes were either black, yellow or blue-green and used a combination of digital and hand painting techniques.

Conor Murphy

Conor trained at Wimbledon School of Art and completed an MA in scenography in Utrecht.
His opera designs include 'Orphée et Eurydice' and 'Powder Her Face' for the Royal Opera House, 'Elektra' for Gothenburg Opera, 'La clemenza di Tito' for Opera North, 'Lohengrin' for the Royal Swedish Opera, 'The Turn of the Screw' for the Nationale Reisopera, 'The Rape of Lucretia' for Opera Vlaanderen, 'Salome' for Opéra de Montpellier, 'Die Zauberflöte' and 'Lohengrin' for the Korean National Opera and the world premières of 'Wake' by Klaas de Vries, 'Facing Goya' by Michael Nyman, 'Die Versicherung' by Jan Müller-Wieland and 'The Country of the Blind' by Mark-Anthony Turnage.
He collaborates with directors and choreographers including Stephen Langridge, John Fulljames, Hofesh Schechter, Carlos Wagner, Matthew Wild, Marguerite Donlon and Lucy Guerin.
He has designed theatre productions for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, the Bristol Old Vic, the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, the Royal Exchange Theatre and the West Yorkshire Playhouse amongst others.
His dance designs include 'Tomorrow' and 'Labyrinth of Love' for Rambert, 'Carmen' and 'Giselle Reloaded' for Donlon Dance Company and 'The Four Seasons' for Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Email Address: conor@conormurphy.com

Theatre Company The Royal Opera

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-09-14

The Premiere Space of Production The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

Author Christoph Willibald Gluck

Director/ Choreographer John Fulljames and Hofesh Shechter

Set Designer Conor Murphy

Lighting Designer Lee Curran

Costume Designer Conor Murphy

Sound Designer none

Projection and Multi-Media Designer none

Other Creative Collaborator/s Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner