Gluck's reform opera: boring or beautiful?
In which Gluck reforms opera with a prehistoric sun-myth.
Tragédie-opéra in 3 acts First performed : Académie Royale de Musique, April 12 1774 Composer : Ritter Christoph Willibald Gluck Libretto : M. du Rollet, after Racine and Euripides “From Gluck’s appearance dates modern art; from him come all the great masters who have enchanted the world both during his life, and after his death.” – Barbedette Iphigénie … Continue reading 101. Iphigénie en Aulide (Gluck)
Here's a simple quiz for people who think that Wagner, or Mozart, or Verdi, or Stockhausen, or whoever is the greatest opera composer who ever lived. Not just their favourite composer, whose wonderful operas they want everyone to love as much as they do. Not just a composer with a huge influence on the genre. … Continue reading A quiz for opera enthusiasts
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
IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE By Christoph Willibald Gluck Tragédie lyrique in 4 acts Libretto : Nicolas-François Guillard (1752–1814), after Euripides’ tragedy First performed: Académie Royale de Musique (2e salle du Palais-Royal), 18 May 1779 Dossier. Today is Mother’s Day. Here’s an important moral lesson: Don’t kill her. STORY IPHIGÉNIE, high priestess (soprano dramatique) ORESTE, her brother (baritone) PYLADE, Greek … Continue reading 2. Iphigénie en Tauride (C.W. Gluck)