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Orphée et Euridice from the Opernhaus Zürich

Author: Accentus Music

Accentus produces Gluck's opera in the new staging by Christoph Marthaler – Livestream on 14 February 2021.

  • Christoph Marthaler | Copyright: © Ina Fassbender

    Christoph Marthaler © Ina Fassbender

Like hardly any other of Christoph Willibald Gluck's operas, Orphée et Euridice, the "azione teatrale per musica" premiered in Vienna in 1762, has gone down in music history as an aesthetic turning point, as it is associated with the reform of late Baroque musical theater. Although the Viennese premiere in Italian in 1762 failed to elicit any response, the French-language version by Gluck admirer Hector Berlioz ushered in the opera's success in Paris in 1774.

Orphée et Euridice is the third work by director Christoph Marthaler and set designer Anna Viebrock at the Opernhaus Zürich. One can look forward to a cast of Marthaler-esque characters who, together with the Operernhaus chorus, will inhabit the terrestrial and netherworlds of Gluck's opera as witnesses to the events.

Stefano Montanari, one of the most interesting conductors and baroque violinists of the younger generation, leads the Philharmonia Zurich. As Orphée, the young Russian mezzo-soprano Nadezhda Karyazina introduces herself at the Opernhaus Zurich, and the Swiss-Belgian soprano Chiara Skerath can be heard as Euridice.

Orphée et Euridice
Opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck
In the version by Hector Berlioz

Nadezhda Karyazina, mezzo-soprano
Chiara Skerath, soprano
Alice Duport-Percier, soprano

Directed by Christoph Marthaler
Stage and costume design Anna Viebrock
Musical director Stefano Montanari

Philharmonia Zürich
Chor der Oper Zürich

Opernhaus Zürich
14 February 2021

A 4K HDR production of Accentus Music and Opernhaus Zürich.

Production Company Accentus Music GmbH
Producer Opernhaus Zürich
Stage Director Christoph Marthaler
Orchestra / Band Philharmonia Zürich
Choir Chor der Oper Zürich
Composer Christoph Willibald Gluck
Conductor Stefano Montanari
Recording location Opernhaus Zürich

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