Riccardo Tisci designs for Marina Abramović’s new opera

Since his days at Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci, today’s Burberry Chief Creative Officer, has been friends with artist, performer and boundary-pusher Marina Abramović.

For her opera ‘7 Deaths of Maria Callas’, which traces the life and tragedy of the greatest opera singer, Tisci has designed the artist’s stage costumes, an integral part of the show. “I am a romantic dreamer at my core, so this was a very easy project to get involved with. The subject is one of love in all its forms, from the light to the darkness. Marina is one of my great personal loves and I feel privileged to call her my friend and my family. She is one of the world’s most daring and brave artists, and it’s an incredible honour to collaborate with her once again on a subject that is so close to both of our hearts,’ explains Tisci.

“For twenty-five years, I have wanted to make a work dedicated to the life and art of Maria Callas. I have read all of her biographies, listened to her extraordinary voice and watched her on film. A Sagittarius, like me, I have always been fascinated by her personality, her life – and her death. Like so many of the characters she created on stage, she died for love. She died from a broken heart,” writes Abramović. “I want to re-enact the death scenes from seven operas – seven deaths that Maria Callas has died before me”. She continues.

7 Deaths of Maria Callas’ features seven individual tableaux of La Callas’ life, performed on stage by seven performers, with music by Marko Nikodijević, and scenes from masterpieces by Vincenzo Bellini, Georges Bizet, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi.

These tailor-made pieces were unveiled at the world premiere, which took place at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich on 1 September. ‘7 Deaths of Maria Callas’ will run until Sunday 6 September.

Images: Courtesy of Burberry.