Grétry takes on Racine - and wins.
In which Gluck reforms opera with a prehistoric sun-myth.
ORPHÉE AUX ENFERSOpéra bouffon in two acts and four scenesBy Jacques OffenbachLibretto : Hector CrémieuxFirst performed : Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens, Paris, 21 October 1858, conducted by Offenbach.Revised as an opéra féerique in four acts and twelve scenes, with libretto by Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy. Performed: Théâtre de la Gaité, Paris, 7 February 1874, conducted by Offenbach.The … Continue reading 34. Orphée aux enfers (Jacques Offenbach)
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 (Gluck)