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Gluck: Orfeo Ed Euridice / Haenchen, Kowalski, Webster

Gluck / Kowalski / Webster / Budd / Haenchen
Release Date: 11/20/2001 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 58  
Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Gillian WebsterJochen KowalskiJeremy Budd
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Harry Kupfer's version of Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice,", originally conceived for the Berlin Komische Oper and now in the reperatory of The Royal Opera, won the Olivier Award for "Most Outstanding Acheivement in Opera.' According to legend, Orpheus' magical power as a musician enabled him to regain his wife from the dead on the condition that he not look at her on the journey back from Hades - a condition that proved impossible to fulfill. In Harry Kupfer's updated version, Orfeo, in letaher jacket, sneakers and jeans, sees his Euridice die in a street accident. Succumbing to depression, he languishes in Hades - a psychiatric hospital - before taking his electric guitar to charm the beasts in an inner-city concrete jungle. Hans Schavernoch Read more has designed an ingenious set with projected imagery on revolving screens and mirrors. The German male alto, Jochen Kowalski, gives a virtuoso performance as the tormented Orfeo, with the young British soprano Gillian Webster as Euridice. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House is conducted by Hartmut Haenchen. Read less

Works on This Recording

Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Gillian Webster (Soprano), Jochen Kowalski (Countertenor), Jeremy Budd (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 

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