Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice from Boston Baroque

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Gluck's 'Orfeo ed Euridice' in a production by Boston Baroque. Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice in a production by Boston Baroque.

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Of 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-know ballet numbers. But the Italian version Orfeo ed Euridice was the original and is widely regarded as Gluck's masterpiece. Its premiere in 1762, was a landmark event in 18th century musical theater.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice in a production by Boston Baroque, presented in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory. The stars are countertenor Owen Willetts and soprano Mary Wilson in the title roles, in a performance led by conductor Martin Pearlman.

Cast:

Orfeo: Owen Willetts (countertenor)

Euridice: Mary Wilson (soprano)

Amor: Courtney Huffman (soprano)

Boston Baroque Orchestra and Chorus

Martin Pearlman, conductor

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