Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice
The myth of Orpheus was incredibly popular for three centuries and gave rise to an abundance of operas. More than any others, Gluck breathed fresh life into the character, composing first in Italian for Vienna a version going back to the sources of the drama, then in French a more heroic “Parisian” version.
Philippe Jaroussky has however turned to Naples to find “his” Orfeo, with many new intense arias. This admirable Neapolitan version is enhanced by Patricia Petibon’s Eurydice and the colors of maestro Diego Fasolis and Robert Carsen’s staging. This artistic team will take use from the hills of Arcadia to the depths of Hell, on a voyage where love endeavors to conquer death…
Extract from Orfeo by Porpora with Philippe Jaroussky
Opera in 3 acts on a libretto by Raniero de’Calzabigi.
Created on 5 October 1762 in Vienna.
Naples version (1774)