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Gluck: Alceste from Bayerische Staatsoper

The Belgian dancer and choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui interprets Gluck’s late Baroque opera Alceste as an impressive symbiosis between dance and music.

  • Gluck: Alceste | Copyright: © C Major Entertainment

    Gluck: Alceste © C Major Entertainment

  • Gluck: Alceste | Copyright: © Wilfried Hoesl / Bayerische Staatsoper

    Gluck: Alceste © Wilfried Hoesl / Bayerische Staatsoper

  • Gluck: Alceste | Copyright: © Wilfried Hoesl / Bayerische Staatsoper

    Gluck: Alceste © Wilfried Hoesl / Bayerische Staatsoper

The opera “can be experienced here in all its existential power.” (SZ)

It is here performed in the revised Paris version from 1776 where Gluck has revalued especially the ballet music. Cherkaoui – director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders – has worked with top artists across disciplines like superstar Beyoncé. The superb dancers of the Belgian Compagnie Eastman, Antwerp perform Gluck’s score physically, creating a fine and stringent aesthetics of “beautiful images” (Opernwelt). Dorothea Röschmann with her “inimitable charisma” (Financial Times) and Charles Castronovo deliver a brilliant performance in the roles of the self-sacrificing royal couple. “Musically impressive.” (NMZ)

Original title Gluck: Alceste
Recording location Bayerische Staatsoper, 2019
Duration 135 mins
Production Company A production of UNITEL in co-production with BR Klassik in cooperation with Bayerische Staatsoper and Arte Concert
Composer Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orchestra / Band Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Conductor Antonello Manacorda
Choir Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper
Chorus Master Sören Eckhoff
Stage Director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Dance Company Compagnie Eastman, Antwerp
Soloist Charles Castronovo, Dorothea Röschmann, Michael Nagy

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