|Act 4 Sc 1: The banks of the river Styx; Sc 2: Pluton's palace|
Act 5 A triumphal archway In Thessaly
(21 January: Gluck's Alceste)
Act 2 The city stronghold on the island of Scyros
Act 3 The royal palace at Thessaly
"Opera in three acts Music by Gluck
Libretto by RANIERI CALZABIGI after EURIPIDES
(sung in Italian)
'When I undertook to write the music for Alceste, I resolved to divest it entirely of all those abuses ... which have so long disfigured Italian opera and made of the most splendid and most beautiful of spectacles the most ridiculous and wearisome.' (GLUCK) Cast in order of singing: Herald
JAMES ATKINS (baritone)
Ismene, confidante of Alcestis
MARION LOWE (soprano)
Evander, friend of Admetus
ALEXANDER YOUNG (tenor)
Alcestis, wife of Admetus
KIRSTEN FLAGSTAD (soprano)
Children of Admetus and Alcestis:
Eumelus.JOAN CLARK (soprano) Aspasia
ROSEMARY THAYER (soprano)
THOMAS HEMSLEY (baritone)
Voice of the Oracle
Infernal Deity THOMAS HEMSLEY Admetus, King of Pherae
RAOUL JOBIN (tenor) Apollo THOMAS HEMSLET
GERAINT JONES SINGERS AND ORCHESTRA conducted by GERAINT JONES
The action takes place In classical antiquity. Act 1
3.5* Patricia Howard compares the French and Italian versions of Gluck's Alceste.
3.20* Alceste Acts 2 and 3"
"Opera in a prologue and five acts. Music by Lully
Edited by Lionel Salter
Libretto by PHILIPPE QUINAULT (sung in French)
Lully. who wrote his Alceste in 1674. was the first of 15 composers to base an opera on the Euripides play. As well as Gluck (1767), they include Hundel (1734) and Egon Wellesz (1924).
BBC CHORUS Continuo:
MARTIN ISEPP (harpsichord) DEREK SIMPSON (cello)
ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA leader JURGEN HESS conducted by LIONEL SALTER Producer VERONICA SLATER Prologue and Act 1
Alceste BRIAN TROWELL talks about Lully and his opera Alceste.
3.10' Alceste, Acts 2 and 3 4.5* Worlds Apart?
Anne Pashley , former Olympic silver medallist, compares her short career as athlete with her lasting one as a singer,
4.30* Alceste, Acts 4 and 5"
"An opera in three acts Music by Gluck Libretto by BAILLI DU ROULLET
(1776 version: sung in French) Admete is told by Apollo that he must die unless someone can be found to take his place. Alceste offers herself: but she is rescued from the gate of Hades by Hercules.
NICHOLAS KRAEMER (harpsichord) BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA conducted by JOHN ELIOT GARDINER repetiteur ALEXA MAXWELL Producer JULIAN BUDDEN
3.45* David Cairns introduces excerpts from Berlioz's writings on Gluck, read by TERRY SCULLY
4.0* Alceste: Acts 2 and 3"
"or the Triumph of Hercules
Tragedie lyrique in a Prologue and five acts
Music by Jean-Baptiste LuHy Libretto by PHILIPPE QUINAULT (sung in French: records) The Prologue: The Opera:
RAPHAEL PASSAQUET VOCAL
ENSEMBLE, LA GRANDE ECURIE ET LA CHAMBRE DU ROI, conducted by JEAN-CLAUDE MALGOIRE
Prologue: The banks of the Seine
Act 1: The coast of Thessaly
3.0* Alceste Restored
Roger Savage puts the case for staging Alceste as Lully envisaged it.
Acts 2 and 3: The island of Skyros
4.28* Interval Reading
Act 4 Sc 1: By the River Styx; Act 4 Sc 2: Pluto's palace; Act 5: Thessaly"
An opera in three acls. Libretto by BAILLI DU ROULLET. Music by Gluck (sung In French)
CHORUS AND NEW PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA OF
RADIO FRANCE conducted by ANDRÈ? JOUVE The action takes place in mythological Greece Act 1
4. I5* Interval Reading
4.20* Alceste, Act 3
Â» Radio France recording)"
"Opera in three acts Music by Gluck Libretto by LEBLAND DU
ROULLET (sung in French) A live relay of the new production from the Royal Opera House, in which
Dame Janet Baker makes her farewell Covent Garden appearances.
(harpsichord). Royal Opera Chorus, chorus-master JOHN MCCARTHY
Orchestra of the Royal
Opera House, leader JOHN CROWN , conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras
The action takes place in mythological Greece
(Production sponsored by the Royal Opera House Trust, 1981) Acts 1"
"Opera in three acts. Paris version of 1776. Libretto by LE BLANC DE ROULLET Music by Gluck
(sung in French): records
BAVARIAN RADIO CHORUS AND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA conducted by SERGE BAUDO Act 1
3.0* Interval Reading
3.5* Alceste, Act 2
4.5* Interval Reading
4.10* Alceste, Act 3"
|Opera in three acts|
(Paris version of 1776) Libretto by LE BLANC DE ROULLET Music by Gluck (sung in French)
GRANDE THEATRE CHORUS
SUISSE ROMANDE ORCHESTRA conducted by HORST STEIN Act
8.20* Interval Reading
8.25* Act 2
9.15* Interval Reading
9.20* Act 3
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"Gluck's opera to a libretto by Roullet after Calzabigi, sung in French in the revised version (Paris, 1776).
Virtue is rewarded as Alceste prepares to give her life to save her husband.
Members of the Netherlands Radio Chorus
Chamber Orchestra conductor Arnold Ostman.
7.25 A reading from
Gluck's preface to Alceste, which made history with its manifesto for opera as music drama.
7.35 Acts 2 and 3"
"Christoph Wlllibald Gluck 's enlightened 18th-century opera in three acts, sung in French. As King Admete lies dying, his people pray for a miracle. Apollo decrees that the king can be saved with the sacrifice of another life.
Queen Alceste decides to die in his place. Scottish Opera's new production was recorded last month at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow. Introduced by Linda Ormiston in conversation with conductor
Herald of Arms/Hercules
...MATTHEW ELTON THOMAS (bass)
Evandre ...ANDREW BURDEN (tenor)
Coryphee LISA MILNE (mezzo) Chorus and Orchestra of Scottish Opera, conductor Nicholas McGegan"