Beethoven's only opera: a hymn to liberty.
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.