Episodes

TitleComments
GENOME:
[R3 BD=19730107]

Act 2 The city stronghold on the island of Scyros

Act 3 The royal palace at Thessaly

GENOME:
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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)

GENOME:
[R3 BD=19730119]

Opera in three acts Music by Gluck

Libretto by RANIERI CALZABIGI after EURIPIDES

(sung in Italian)

(gramophone records)

'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)

High Priest

THOMAS HEMSLEY (baritone)

Voice of the Oracle

JAMES ATKINS

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

GENOME:
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Unknown: Ranieri Calzabigi

Singers: Geraint Jones

Conducted By: Geraint Jones

Unknown: Patricia Howard

GENOME:
[R3 BD=19740124]

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

2.55* Lully's

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

GENOME:
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Edited By: Lionel Salter

Edited By: Egon Wellesz

Cello: Derek Simpson

Leader: Jurgen Hess

Conducted By: Lionel Salter

Producer: Veronica Slater

Talks: Alceste Brian Trowell

Unknown: Anne Pashley

GENOME:
[R3 BD=19740214]

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.

MONTEVERDI CHOIR

NICHOLAS KRAEMER (harpsichord) BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA conducted by JOHN ELIOT GARDINER repetiteur ALEXA MAXWELL Producer JULIAN BUDDEN

Act 1

3.45* David Cairns introduces excerpts from Berlioz's writings on Gluck, read by TERRY SCULLY

4.0* Alceste: Acts 2 and 3

GENOME:
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Music By: Gluck Libretto

Unknown: Bailli du Roullet

Harpsichord: Nicholas Kraemer

Conducted By: John Eliot Gardiner

Repetiteur: Alexa Maxwell

Producer: Julian Budden

Introduces: David Cairns

Read By: Terry Scully

GENOME:
[R3 BD=19761118]

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.

3.15* Alceste

Acts 2 and 3: The island of Skyros

4.28* Interval Reading

4.251 Alceste

Act 4 Sc 1: By the River Styx; Act 4 Sc 2: Pluto's palace; Act 5: Thessaly

GENOME:
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Unknown: Raphael Passaquet

Conducted By: Jean-Claude Malgoire

Nymph of the Seine: Renee Auphan

Glorv ,: Anne-Marie Roode

Nymph of the Tuileries/Nymph of the Marne: Sonia Nighogossian

Admetus, King of Thessaly: Bruce Brewer

Alcestis, his Queen: Felicity Palmer

Alcides (Hercules), in love with Alcestis: Max van Egmond

Licomedes, King of Skyros, in love with Alcestis: Francois Loup

Cephise, Alcestis' maid: Anne-Marie Rodde

Straton, in love with Cephise: Marc Vento

Lychas, in love with Cephise: John Elwes

Pheres, Admetus' father: Pierre-Yves Le Uaigat

Thetis, a sea-goddess: Renee Auphan

Apollo: John Elwes

Charon, the ferryman: Francois Loup

Pluto, King of Hades: Pierre-Yves Le Maigat

Proserpina, his Queen: Sonia Nighogossian

Alecto, a Fury: John Elwes

GENOME:
[R3 BD=19790408]

Act 2

4. I5* Interval Reading

4.20* Alceste, Act 3

» Radio France recording)

GENOME:
[R3 BD=19790408]

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 ANDRÉ JOUVE The action takes place in mythological Greece Act 1

GENOME:
[R3 BD=19811212]

Act 2

GENOME:
[R3 BD=19811212]

Act 3

GENOME:
[R3 BD=19811212]

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.

MEURITS SILLERN

(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

GENOME:
[R3 BD=19811212]

Music By: Gluck Libretto

Unknown: Dame Janet Baker

Chorus-Master: John McCarthy

Leader: John Crown

Conducted By: Sir Charles MacKerras

GENOME:
[R3 BD=19840308]

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

GENOME:
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Conducted By: Serge Baudo

GENOME:
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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

(Suisse Romande Radio recording) • HEAR THIS! page15

GENOME:
[R3 BD=19850528]

Conducted By: Horst Stein

GENOME:
[R3 BD=19930313]

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

Netherlands Radio

Chamber Orchestra conductor Arnold Ostman.

Act

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

GENOME:
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Conductor: Arnold Ostman.

Admete: Donald Litaker(tenor)

Alceste: Gabriele Lechner(sop)

High Priest of Apollo: Kristinn Sigmundsson(bass)

Evandre: Donald George(tenor)

Herald! Voice of Hades: Nicolas Cavallier(bass)

Hercuks: Didier Henry(baritone)

Voice of Apollo: George Mosley(baritone)

Oracle: Henk Vanheunsbergen(bass)

GENOME:
[R3 BD=19960525]

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

Nicholas McGegan.

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

GENOME:
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Unknown: Christoph Wlllibald Gluck

Introduced By: Linda Ormiston

Conductor: Nicholas McGegan.

Bass: Matthew Elton Thomas

Tenor: Coryphee Lisa Milne

Conductor: Nicholas McGegan

Queen Alceste: Isabelle Vernet(sop)

King Admete: Mark Padmore(tenor)

High Priest/Apollo: Matthew Best(bass)

Oracle/Thanatos: Stephen Holloway(bass)