Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice from Boston

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Of Christopher Willibald Gluck's two interpretations of the Orpheus story, Orphée, the French version, is probably the more striking — with a famous, bravura aria and couple of well-known ballet numbers. But his Orfeo ed Euridice, in Italian, was the origina and is widely regarded as Gluck's masterpiece. Its premiere in 1762, was a landmark event in 18th-century musical theater.

This production by Boston Baroque presented in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory, stars countertenor Owen Willetts and soprano Mary Wilson in the title roles, in a performance led by conductor Martin Pearlman.

Cast:

Conductor: Martin Pearlman

Orfeo: Owen Willetts (countertenor)

Euridice: Mary Wilson (soprano)

Amor: Courtney Huffman (soprano)

Boston Baroque Orchestra and Chorus

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