Alceste - Dal Teatro La Fenice di Venezia () Release Date: July 26th, 2018
Runtime: 2 hr. 35 min.
Genres: Program
Christoph Willibald Gluck

Teatro La Fenice, Venice
Recorded in 2015
Opera in 3 acts. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Running Time: 2 hours 35 minutes, one intermission.

Pier Luigi Pizzi’s new prestigious production of Alceste by Christoph Willibald Gluck to mark the three hundredth anniversary of the composer’s birth (Erasbach, Baveria 1714 – Vienna 1787). Musical direction by Guillaume Tourniaire; cast: Carmela Remigio as Alceste, Marlin Miller Admeto.

An exponent of early Viennese classicism, Christoph Willibald Gluck played a decisive role in the reform and simplification of opera seria, which was suffering a period of decline in the eighteenth century. A key piece in this reform, together with the more famous Orfeo ed Euridice is Alceste, which portrays the heartbreaking story narrated by Euripides: King Admetus is dying and his wife, Alceste offers Apollo her own life in exchange for that of her beloved. The god is moved by this act of extreme devotion and allows the woman to return from the underworld. There are two versions of this opera, one with an Italian libretto by Ranieri de’ Calzabigi, which debuted at the Burgtheater in 1767, and one in French, which was performed in Paris in 1776.

Conductor Guillaume Tourniaire
Director Pier Luigi Pizzi
Light Designer Vincenzo Raponi
Choreography Roberto Pizzuto
Chorus Master Claudio Marino Moretti
Orchestra & Chorus
Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro La Fenice

Admeto Marlin Miller
Alceste Carmela Remigio
Eumelo Ludovico Furlani
Aspasia Anita Teodoro
Evandro Giorgio Misseri
Ismene Zuzana Marková