Is it the greatest opera of the 18th century?
In which Gluck sets a libretto for Lully, and challenges the 'master' of French opera on his own ground. With passion and magic in the Crusades.
Gluck's reform opera: boring or beautiful?
In which Gluck reforms opera with a prehistoric sun-myth.
DER HOCHMÜTIGE, GESTÜRZTE UND WIEDER ERHABENE CROESUS Composer: Reinhard KeiserLibretto: Lukas von Bostel, after Nicolò Minato’s 1678 operaFirst performed: Theater am Gänsemarkt, Hamburg, 1711.Revised: Theater am Gänsemarkt, Hamburg, 6 December 1730 Reinhard Keiser was once hailed as “the greatest opera composer in the world” (Johann Mattheson, writing his obituary in 1740). Thirty years later, one … Continue reading 135. Croesus (Keiser)
The appeal of Handel's comic masterpiece is plane for all to see.
Posterity has not been kind to Handel's late opera Arminio.. With my customary perversity, I enjoyed it more than Giulio Cesare.