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Alceste by Gluck @Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich – New Production

May 26, 2019 - July 18, 2019

photo felix loechner - Alceste by Gluck @Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich – New Production

 The title character in Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera Alceste demonstrates an almost superhuman willpower. To save her husband’s life, Alceste sacrifices her own. The compositional reforms in his dramatic works show how much he was ahead of his contemporaries in both the themes he addressed in his operas and in his musical arrangements. The recitatives of the singers are no longer accompanied by the harpsichord alone; strings also come along now. A new connection between music and text has never been created so colourfully and with such instrumental diversity. The piece was first performed in Vienna’s Burgtheater, and sung in Italian. When he revised it in 1776 for Paris he not only changed the language, he also rearranged numerous scenes and focused on the story of the ruling couple. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who staged Rameau’s Les Indes galantes at the Munich Opera Festival 2016, focuses in his interpretation on the connection between dance and song: “When I see opera singers singing, I feel that they are dancing.”

Photo © Felix Löchner

In French with German and English surtitles

Conductor Antonello Manacorda
Direction, Choreography Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Stage Henrik Ahr
Choir Sören Eckhoff
Dramaturgy Benedikt Stampfli

• Admète Charles Castronovo
• Alceste Dorothea Röschmann
• Le Grand-Prêtre d’Apollon / Hercule Michael Nagy
• Évandre Manuel Günther
• Un Hérault d’armes / Apollon Sean Michael Plumb
• Coryphée Anna El-Khashem
• L’Oracle / Un Dieu infernal Callum Thorpe


May 26, 2019
July 18, 2019
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