In his search for aesthetic and conceptual unity, the artistic work of Stefano Poda always encompasses direction, set design, costume design, lightning and choreography in a personal seal founded on a visionary, multi-level imprint balanced between ancient images and contemporary art. He has developed a language that is understandable in the same way as music, sculpture, painting and architecture can be.
His mise-en-scène of Gounod’s Faust at the Teatro Regio Torino in 2015, a co-production of the Israeli Opera of Tel Aviv and the Lausanne Opera (DVD & Blu-Ray Unitel Classica, C Major Entertainment) has been broadcast with great success in movie theatres across the world. This is true also for Puccini’s Turandot in 2018 (DVD Unitel, streaming on Operavision) and Massenet’s Thaïs in 2008 (DVD & Blu-ray, RAI/Arthaus Musik) both staged at the Teatro Regio Torino and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Thaïs has been included in the list of twenty landmark opera productions over the past twenty years, compiled by BBC Music Magazine in 2012.
Stefano Poda’s worldwide career numbers about one hundred productions. His more recent and best-known works include Ariane et Barbe-Bleue at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse (2019); Roméo et Juliette at the NCPA of Beijing (2018); Lucia di Lammermoor at the Opéra de Lausanne broadcast on ARTE TV (2017); Boris Godunov at the Korea National Opera (2017); Il Trovatore at the Teatro Lirico of Cagliari (2016); Fosca by Carlos Gomes and Titan, a choreography on Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, both at the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo (2016); L’Elisir d’amore at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg (2016); Ariodante at the Opéra de Lausanne (2016); Otello at the Hungarian State Opera of Budapest (2015); Andrea Chénier at the Korea National Opera (2015); Tristan und Isolde conducted by Zubin Mehta for the opening of the 77th edition of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival (2014); Thaïs at the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo (2015); Attila for the opening of the St. Gallen Festival (2013); Don Carlo at the Theater Erfurt (2013); Tosca in Klagenfurt (2012) and Wuppertal (2014); Il Trovatore at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens Festival (2012, revival in 2017); Maria Stuarda at the Opera Graz (2012, revival in Bilbao in 2013); Trittico by Puccini at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (2011); Leggenda by Alessandro Solbiati at the Teatro Regio di Torino (2011; DVD EMA Vinci Records); La Forza del Destino (2011) at the Teatro Regio di Parma (DVD Unitel) with a revival at the Festival Verdi in Parma (2014); Rigoletto (2010, 2013), Lucia di Lammermoor (2011) and Nabucco (2012) at the Teatro Verdi in Padua and in Trieste (2014); Falstaff with Ruggero Raimondi in Liège (2009) streamed in movie theatres around the world (DVD RAI/Dynamic).
Stefano Poda’s production of Ariane et Barbe-Bleue by Paul Dukas at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse won the most prestigious “Prix Claude Rostand de la Critique Française” for best opera production in 2019. He was invited as special guest to the PQ Prague Quadriennal 2019, the 14th edition of the largest international festival of theatre and stage design.
Recent and future engagements include the direction, sets, costumes, lightning and choreography of Tosca at Bolshoi Theatre, Norma at Opéra de Lausanne, Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas at Teatro Regio Torino, and Rheingold at Beijing NCPA. Following the success of Offenbach’s Contes d’Hoffmann Stefano Poda directed last year in Lausanne, both the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège and Tel Aviv Israeli Opera revive that work in their 2020/2021 season.