Donald Macleod traces Salieri's successful career in the world of opera, including two important commissions on the recommendation of Gluck.
Donald Macleod in this third programme traces Salieri's highly successful career in the world of opera. On the recommendation of Gluck, Salieri was invited to Milan to compose L'Europa riconosciuta for the official opening of La Scala. During his tour around Italy, he also got time to compose other works, and we'll hear his Piccola Serenata written at this time. Later, Salieri was offered another notable opera commission, again on the advice of Gluck - a work for the Paris Opera. Once in Paris, he journeyed to Versailles to perform for Marie Antoinette. The programme ends with part of the final act of Les Danaides, which was dedicated to the French Queen.