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Penny Gore introduces a performance of Gluck's Alceste given at the Vienna State Opera, conducted by Ivor Bolton. Starring soprano Veronique Gens and tenor Joseph Kaiser.

Penny Gore introduces Opera Matinee: Gluck's Alceste, recorded live at the Vienna State Opera earlier this month. Veronique Gens and Joseph Kaiser lead a starry cast with Ivor Bolton at the helm of the Gustav Mahler Chorus and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. This is the 1776 Paris version of Gluck's Alceste, adapted by Ranieri de' Calzabigi from a play by Euripides.


Christoph Willibald Gluck: Alceste

Alceste, Queen of Thessaly ..... Véronique Gens (soprano)
Admète, her husband ..... Joseph Kaiser (tenor)
Evandro, a confidant of Admetus ..... Benjamin Bruns (tenor)
High Priest ..... Clemens Unterreiner (baritone)
Apollon ..... Alessio Arduini (baritone)
Thanathos, an infernal deity ..... Clemens Unterreiner (bass)
First Child / Coryphée ..... Ileana Tonca
Second Child / Coryphée ..... Juliette Mars
Hercules ..... Adam Plachetka

Gustav Mahler Chorus
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Ivor Bolton (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Alceste, Act I

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Alceste, Act II

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Alceste, Act III