Gluck - Orfeo ed Euridice

For those in the original audience expecting a gentle, pastoral scene, they were in for a shock

Gluck’s creation announced a seismic shift, revolting against the excesses that had befallen Italian opera. Instead, Gluck communicates Orfeo’s grief at his wife’s death, and his struggle as he is forbidden to look at her when she is resurrected, with a direct and beautiful simplicity.

The English Concert
Bernard Labadie
director
Iestyn Davies countertenor
Sophie Bevan Euridice
Rowan Pierce Amore

Listen to Anne Sofie von Otter's classic recording, including excerpts from Orfeo ed Euridice plus extraordinary arias by Mozart and Haydn:

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