Alex Bamford Photography

Vienna State Opera - Ariodante

Backdrop, Opera, Set design, Theatre

I was commissioned by celebrated theatre designer Vicki Mortimer to create a 19x12 metre printed backdrop for Sir David McVicar’s production of Handel's Ariodante at the Vienna State Opera. The brief called for a cloudy sky with a thin strip of sea and pebbles, which Brighton has in abundance. In order to create an image the size that they needed I had to shoot 66 overlapping photographs and carefully stitch them together. 

“Typically, McVicar’s stage pictures were gorgeous to look at with a huge sea and sky scrim behind simple but effective high stone walls which shifted to form various scenes.” Jonathan Sutherland - Operawire.com

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Ariodante

Ariodante

Stage photo by Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Poehn.

Ariodante at the Vienna State Opera, set design by Vicki Mortimer

Ariodante at the Wiener staatsoper

Ariodante at the Wiener staatsoper

Stage photo by Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Poehn.

Ariodante at the Vienna State Opera, set design by Vicki Mortimer

Ariodante backdrop - Vienna State Opera

Ariodante backdrop - Vienna State Opera

Photographs of my 19x12 metre backdrop for Ariodante at the Vienna State Opera, commissioned by set designer Vicki Mortimer