33. Orfeo ed Euridice / Orphée et Eurydice (Christoph Willibald Gluck)

ORFEO ED EURIDICE / ORPHÉE ET EURYDICE By Christoph Willibald Gluck Libretto : Ranieri de’ Calzabigi First performed: Burgtheater, Vienna, 5 October 1762 Revised: Orphée et Eurydice, Académie Royale de Musique (seconde salle du Palais Royal), Paris, 2 August 1774, with a French text by Pierre Louis Moline.  Berlioz prepared another version in 1859, for the … Continue reading 33. Orfeo ed Euridice / Orphée et Eurydice (Christoph Willibald Gluck)

32. Paride ed Elena – Christoph Willibald Gluck

PARIDE ED ELENA Dramma per musica By Christoph Willibald Gluck Libretto: Ranieri de’ Calzabigi First performed: Burgtheater, Vienna, 3 November 1770 Dossier Gluck, let’s face it, has a reputation.  Noble, high-minded, austere, but also dull – as poised and as marmoreal as a Classical statue.  “Faultily faultless, icily regular, splendidly null, / Dead perfection, no … Continue reading 32. Paride ed Elena – Christoph Willibald Gluck

27. Der Trompeter von Säkkingen – Viktor Nessler

DER TROMPETER VON SÄKKINGEN Oper in 3 Acts, with a Prologue By Viktor Nessler Libretto: Rudolf Bunge, after Joseph Viktor von Scheffel’s poem Der Trompeter von Säckingen First performed: Carola Theater (Stadttheater), Leipzig, 4 May 1884 Dossier Next in our line-up of comic operas: one of the most popular German works of the late nineteenth … Continue reading 27. Der Trompeter von Säkkingen – Viktor Nessler

26. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL (THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO) Komisches Singspiel in 3 acts Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Johann Gottlieb Stephanie der Jüngere, after Christoph Friederich Bretzner’s play Belmont und Konstanze First performed: Burgtheater, Vienna, 16 July 1782 The Abduction was a smash hit in Vienna, and Mozart’s greatest stage success throughout Europe … Continue reading 26. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

21. Friedenstag (Richard Strauss)

FRIEDENSTAG Oper in 1 act Op. 81, TrV 271 By Richard Strauss Librettist: Joseph Gregor, after Stefan Zweig First performed: Nationaltheater, Munich, 24 July 1838 COMMENTARY The rarely performed, often maligned Friedenstag is one of Strauss’s most underrated works: a powerful testament to the horrors of war and a plea for peace, first performed in … Continue reading 21. Friedenstag (Richard Strauss)

4. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Otto Nicolai)

DIE LUSTIGEN WEIBER VON WINDSOR Komisch phantastische Oper in 3 Akten By Otto Nicolai Libretto: Salomon Hermann Mosenthal First performed: Königliches Opernhaus, Berlin, 9 March 1848 Dossier. STORY SIR JOHN FALSTAFF (bass) HERR FLUTH (baritone) FRAU FLUTH, his wife (soprano) HERR REICH (bass) FRAU REICH, his wife (mezzo-soprano) JUNGFER ANNA REICH, their daughter (soprano) FENTON, a young gentleman in love with … Continue reading 4. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Otto Nicolai)