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Tragédie-opéra in three acts (1767 / 1776, Pariser Fassung)

Composer Christoph Willibald Gluck · Libretto by Marius-François-Louis Gand Lebland, Bailli Du Roullet after Ranieri de’ Calzabigi
In French with German and English surtitles | New Production

Saturday, 01. June 2019
07:00 pm
Nationaltheater

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Premiere at 26. May 2019

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This performance will be broadcasted live via the internet as part of Staatsoper.TV.

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Cast

Musikalische Leitung
Antonello Manacorda
Regie, Choreographie
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Bühne
Henrik Ahr
Kostüme
Jan-Jan Van Essche
Licht
Michael Bauer
Chor
Sören Eckhoff
Dramaturgie
Benedikt Stampfli

Admète
Charles Castronovo
Alceste
Dorothea Röschmann
Le Grand-Prêtre d'Apollon
Michael Nagy
Évandre
Manuel Günther
Un Hérault d'armes
Sean Michael Plumb
Hercule
Michael Nagy
Coryphée(s)
Noa Beinart, Anna El-Khashem, Frederic Jost, Caspar Singh
Apollon
Sean Michael Plumb
L'Oracle
Callum Thorpe
Un Dieu infernal
Callum Thorpe
Ballett
Tänzer der Compagnie Eastman, Antwerpen
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  • Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper

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The title character in Christoph Willibald Gluck's opera Alceste demonstrates an almost superhuman willpower. To save her husband's life, Alceste sacrifices her own. The compositional reforms in his dramatic works show how much he was ahead of his contemporaries in both the themes he addressed in his operas and in his musical arrangements. The recitatives of the singers are no longer accompanied by the harpsichord alone – strings also come along now. A new connection between music and text has never been created so colourfully and with such instrumental diversity. The piece was first performed in Vienna's Burgtheater, and sung in Italian. When he revised it in 1776 for Paris he not only changed the language, he also rearranged numerous scenes and focused on the story of the ruling couple. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who staged Rameau's Les Indes galantes at the Munich Opera Festival 2016, focuses in his interpretation on the connection between dance and song: "When I see opera singers singing, I feel that they are dancing."

 

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Biographies

Antonello Manacorda ist seit 2010 Chefdirigent der Kammerakademie Potsdam und war von 2011 bis 2018 in selber Position beim Het Gelders Orkest engagiert. Er dirigierte u. a. das hr-Sinfonieorchester, das BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, das Sydney Symphony, das Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, die Hamburger Symphoniker, die Staatskapelle Weimar, das Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse und das Gothenburg Symphony. Zudem war er zu Gast beim Aldeburgh sowie Glyndebourne Festival. Von 2003 bis 2006 war er künstlerischer Leiter der Kammermusik beim Académie Européenne de Musique du Festival d’Aix en Provence. Gastengagements führten ihn u. a. an die Oper Frankfurt, das Théâtre de La Monnaie und die Komische Oper Berlin. Er war langjähriger Konzertmeister und Gründungsmitglied des Mahler Chamber Orchestras.

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