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Saturday, September 2, 2017 Permalink

At The Opera, Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice, September 2, 2017

  

Orfeo ed Euridice  is an opera composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck based on the myth of Orpheus, set to a libretto by Ranieri de' Calzabigi. Orfeo is an opera on a mythological subject with choruses and dancing. The piece was first performed at the Burgtheater in Vienna on October 5, 1762 in the presence of Empress Maria Theresa. Orfeo ed Euridice is the first of Gluck's "reform" operas, in which he attempted to replace the abstruse plots and overly complex music of opera seria with a "noble simplicity" in both the music and the drama.

Orpheus is a legendary musician, poet, and prophet in ancient Greek religion and myth. The major stories about him are centered on his ability to charm all living things and even stones with his music, his attempt to retrieve his wife, Eurydice, from the underworld, and his death at the hands of those who could not hear his divine music. As an archetype of the inspired singer, Orpheus is one of the most significant figures in the reception of classical mythology in Western culture, portrayed or alluded to in countless forms of art and popular culture including poetry, film, opera, music, and painting.

Cast:

Orfeo – Kathleen Ferrier

Eurdice – Greet Koeman

Amore – Nel Duval

Chorus and Orchestra of the Netherlands Opera

Charles Bruck – conductor

EMI – remastered live 1951 performance

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:13pm
Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice BUY Netherlands Opera Orchestra; Charles Bruck, conductor Kathleen Ferrier
10:00pm
10:30pm
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice: Che faro senza Euridice BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Gluck
10:35pm
Puccini: TOSCA: Vissi d'arte BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Puccini
10:38pm
Puccini: Madama Bufferfly: Un bel di BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Puccini
10:42pm
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor: Ardon gl'incensi BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Donizetti
10:48pm
Barber: VANESSA: To leave, To break BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Barber
10:56pm
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Rossini
11:00pm
11:00pm
Verdi: Macbeth: La luce langue BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Verdi
11:04pm
Verdi: Macbeth: Ah, la paterna mano BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Verdi
11:08pm
Verdi: Macbeth: Pieta, rispetto, amore BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Verdi
11:14pm
Wagner: Die Walkure Act 1 excerpts BUY Vienna Philharmonic; Sir Georg Solti, conductor
11:28pm
Verdi: Otello: Dio Ti Giocondi - Mario Lanza/Licia Albanese BUY RCA; Ray Sinatra, conductor Mario Lanza

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