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Alceste - Dal Teatro La Fenice di Venezia
July 26 & 28 & 31
Alceste - Dal Teatro La Fenice di Venezia(2018)
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

Opéra national de Paris: Don Carlos
August 9 & 11 & 14
Opéra national de Paris: Don Carlos(2018)
Opéra national de Paris
Recorded October 2017
Opera in 5 acts. Sung in French with English subtitles. Running Time: 4 hours 50 minutes, two intermission.

If there exists an opera that defies boundaries at every level, be they dramatic or dramaturgical, it is certainly Verdi’s Don Carlos, a work by an Italian composer created in French, and in which the climate of war with Spain and the melancholy of human beings draw our attention to the fate to Flanders.

Politics, religion, history and psychoanalysis are all entwined here, increasingly exacerbating the fears and taboos between the protagonists. Krzysztof Warlikowski strips down a tragedy haunted by ghosts, and places the intimate at the heart of an imaginary fresco truer than history itself. Along with Philippe Jordan, he reveals to the public the very first version of this great five-act opera: the version modified by Verdi himself for the work’s first performance in 1867. Echoing this historic version, the Paris Opera will be scheduling the five-act version of Don Carlos in Italian in 2019.


Conductor Philippe Jordan
Director Krzysztof Warlikowski
Set Design Małgorzata Szczęśniak
Lighting Design Felice Ross
Video Denis Guéguin
Choreography Claude Bardouil
Dramaturgy Christian Longchamp
Chorus Master José Luis Basso
Orchestra & Chorus
Orchestra & Chorus of Opéra national de Paris


Philippe II Ildar Abdrazakov
Don Carlos Jonas Kaufmann
Rodrigue Ludovic Tézier
The Grand Inquisitor Dmitry Belosselskiy
Élisabeth de Valois Sonya Yoncheva
Princess Eboli Elīna Garanča
Thibault Eve-Maud Hubeaux
Flemish envoys Tiago Matos, Michal Partyka, Mikhail Timoshenko, Tomasz Kumiega, Andrei Filonczyk, Daniel Giulianini
A voice from heaven Silga Tīruma
The count of Lerma Julien Dran
A royal herald Hyun-Jong Roh
A monk Krzysztof Baczyk