Christoph Willibald Gluck played a major role in bringing Italian opera to German-speaking audiences in Vienna in the 1750s. Later, in the 1770s, he took his message of operatic reform to France, bringing his Italian operas along with him.
As a result, his opera "Alceste" exists in two versions. It was premiered in Vienna in 1767 in Italian. In 1776, Gluck made a somewhat different version of the opera in French. Both scores display Gluck's trendsetting new style, but the French version was more audacious and it’s the one that's most familiar today. Yet the Italian score was Gluck's original and that's the version featured here from Venice.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "Alceste" in a production from historic La Fenice. Guillaume Tourniaire conducts, with soprano Carmela Remigio in the title role, and tenor Marlin Miller as Admeto.
Alceste: Carmela Remigio (soprano)
Admeto: Marlin Miller (tenor)
Evandro: Giorgio Misseri (tenor )
Ismene: Zuzana Markova (soprano)
Apollo/High Priest: Vincenzo Nizzardo (baritone)
Oracle/Herald: Armando Gabba (bass)
La Fenice Orchestra and Chorus
Guillaume Tourniaire, conductor