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Christoph Willibald (Ritter von) Gluck (2 July 1714 – 15 November 1787) was a composer of Italian and French opera in the early classical period. Born in the Upper Palatinate and raised in Bohemia, both part of the Holy Roman Empire, he gained prominence at the Habsburg court at Vienna. There he brought about the practical reform of opera's dramaturgical practices for which many intellectuals had been campaigning. With a series of radical new works in the 1760s, among them Orfeo ed Euridice and Alceste, he broke the stranglehold that Metastasian opera seria had enjoyed for much of the century. Gluck introduced more drama by using simpler recitative and cutting the usually long da capo aria. His later operas have half the length of a typical baroque opera.
Alceste by Christoph Willibald Gluck, from Teatro Real Madrid, 2014. Directed by Stéphane Metge, conductor Ivor Bolton. Starring Paul Groves (Admète), Angela Denoke (Alceste), Willard White (High Priest of Apollon / Thanatos), Magnus Staveland (Évandre), Thomas Oliemans (Hercule), Isaac Galàn (A...
Orphée et Eurydice (ed. Berlioz) by C. W. Gluck, from Opéra Comique, 2018. Directed by Aurélien Bory, conductor Raphaël Pichon, starring Marianne Crebassa, Lea Desandre, Hélène Guilmette, Charlotte Siepiora, Margherita Mischitelli, Claire Carpentier, Élodie Chan, Tommy Entresangle, Yannis Françoi...
"Harry Kupfer's version of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, originally conceived for the Berlin Komische Oper and now in the repertory of The Royal Opera, won the Olivier Award for ""Most Outstanding Achievement in Opera"".
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Great Arias - M.Kozena-Orfeo ed Euridice-“J'ai perdu....”and “Objet de..."(2000)
Great Arias Magdalena Kožená - Orphée et Eurydice: "J'ai perdu mon Eurydice" and "Objet de mon amor", by C.W. Gluck, from Théâtre du Châtelet, 2000. Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner, starring Magdalena Kožená (Orphée)
Great Arias - J. Galstian - Iphigenie en Tauride - O toi qui prolonges....(2001)
Great Arias Juliette Galstian - Iphigénie en Tauride: "Oh toi qui prolonges mes jours" and "Je cède a vos désirs", by C.W. Gluck, from Opernhaus Zürich, 2001. Conductor William Christie, starring Juliette Galstian (Iphigénie)
Great Arias - Deon van der Walt - Iphigenie en Tauride - Quell language...(2001)
Great Arias Deon van der Walt - Iphigénie en Tauride: "Quell langage accablant pour un ami" and "Divinité des grands âmes", by C.W. Gluck, from Opernhaus Zürich, 2001. Conductor William Christie, starring Deon van der Walt (Pylade)
Great Arias - R. Gilfry - Iphigenie en Tauride - "Dieux qui me........" (2001)
Great Arias Rodney Gilfry - Iphigénie en Tauride: "Dieux qui me poursuivez" and "Dieux! Protecteurs de ces affreux rivages - La calme rentre dans mon coeur!", by C.W. Gluck, from Opernhaus Zürich, 2001. Conductor William Christie, starring Rodney Gilfrey (Oreste).