Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787)
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphee et Eurydice /Orpheus and Eurydice), tragedy opera in three acts
From the Theatre Musical de Paris- Chatelet, 1999
Cast: Magdalena Kozena, Madeline Bender, Patricia Petibon
Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique
Conductor : Sir John Eliot Gardiner / Stage Director: Robert Wilson
Directed for Television & Video by Brian Large
Running Time: 100 min
Menu Languages: GB, D, F, SP
Subtitle Languages: GB, D, F
Sound Format : PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
Region Code: 2, 5
Sel.No.: 100 062 PAL
Orfeo ed Euridice (1762) represents the first of a series of operatic successes by the German composer Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck (1714-1787). It is his best-known opera and his greatest reform work (first performed in Vienna on 5 October 1762). Gluck broke every courtly convention governing the operatic art form of the time. He strove for naturalness and simplicity in both subject and music. Gluck liberated opera from its rigid confines, refrained from the pointless embellishment of arias, and replaced the recitativo secco with orchestral recitatives or recitativo accompagnato, creating through-composed forms of unprecedented drama. He also gave lyricism a greater significance in relation to the music. Gluck's importance in opera's overall history is matched only by Claudio Monteverdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Wagner.
Gardiner chose Berlioz's version of 1859 for this performance in Paris' Theatre du Chatelet (October 1999). The Texan director Robert Wilson, one of the most famous avant-garde opera directors in the world, entranced the audiences with his magical studies in light and movement.