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.
In 2014 Stefano Poda's new production Tristan und Isolde (conducted by music director Zubin Mehta) opens the 77th edition of the Festival Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
In 2015 new productions are Faust at the Teatro Regio of Torino (co-production with Israeli Opera of Tel Aviv and Opéra of Lausanne), Andrea Chénier at Korea National Opera, Thaïs at the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, Otello at the Opera of Budapest.
His worldwide career numbers about one hundred productions. Among his more recent and best-known works as Opera Director, Set, Costumes and Lighting Designer, Choreographer include: at the Teatro Regio of Torino, Thaïs by Massenet in 2008 (DVD and Blu-ray RAI/Arthaus Musik), which has been included in the list of twenty landmark opera productions over the past twenty years, compiled by BBC Music Magazine in 2012; at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, Falstaff with Ruggero Raimondi for the movie theaters around the world in 2009 (DVD RAI/Dynamic); Il Concilio dei Pianeti of Albinoni (DVD Unitel); La Forza del Destino as season-opening 2011 of the Teatro Regio of Parma (DVD Unitel) and revival at Parma Festival Verdi 2014; The Trittico by Puccini at the Colon of Buenos Aires in 2011; Leggenda by Alessandro Solbiati at Teatro Regio of Torino; Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor and Nabucco at the Teatro Verdi of Padua and Trieste. In 2012 he presents Maria Stuarda at the Opera Graz (with revival in 2013 in Bilbao), Tosca (Klagenfurt and Wuppertal) and inaugurates the 2012 Athens Festival with Trovatore at the Acropolis' theatre of Herodes Atticus. In 2013 he inaugurates the St.Gallen Festival with Attila and the opera season of Theater Erfurt with Don Carlo.