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“Ifigenia in Aulis” – Ouverture – Wiener Philarmoniker – Conductor M.° Wilhelm Furtwängler – 1954 by Luca

“Ifigenia in Aulis” – Ouverture – Wiener Philarmoniker – Conductor M.° Wilhelm Furtwängler – 1954. In the ancient Mediterranean world of the second millennium BC, feminine beauty reaches its zenith in Helen, wife of Menelaus, the king of the Grecian state of Sparta. Her wondrous face and body are without flaw. She is perfect. Even […]

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Iphigenia – Ἰφιγένεια – I Part by Luca

That any god is evil I do not believe. (Iphigenia. Euripides, Iphigenia in Tauris 390). Iphigenia was sacrificed in the Boeotian harbor of Aulis, opposite the island of Euboea, or as others say, was saved at the last moment by Artemis, who substituted for her a deer or a bull at the altar, and transported […]

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Iphigenia – Ἰφιγένεια – II Part by Luca

Lecture in Political Science. Yet nothing could alter Agamemnon’s design. For he felt that his obligations were first towards the vastness of his naval army, which wished to sail without delay to Troy and put an end to the rape of wives that had culminated with the deed of the seducer Paris. And as fear […]

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Primi uomini ed altre – by Ellen Rosand – Opera in Seventeenth-Century Venice – The Creation of a Genre by Luca

It was more customary for prima donnas (and primi uomini ) to wield their power more directly. Even during Anna Renzi’s generation, singers had begun to exert their influence in specific ways that overlapped the responsibilities of their partners in operatic creation. Sometimes this was actually encouraged by the librettist—and condoned by the composer. As […]

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Christoph Willibald Gluck by Luca

Christoph Willibald Gluck Christof Willibald Gluck has been called the “regenerator of the opera” for he appeared just at the right moment to rescue opera from the deplorable state into which it had fallen. At that time the composers often yielded to the caprices of the singers and wrote to suit them, while the singers […]

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Alcestis – Ἄλκηστις by Luca

“If I had the voice and music of Orpheus so that I could charm Demeter’s daughter or her husband with song and fetch you from Hades, I would have gone down to the Underworld, and neither Hades’s hound nor Charon the ferryman of souls standing at the oar would have kept me from bringing you […]

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Gluck and Alceste – II Part by Luca

All through Gluck’s opera we find this simplicity and clearness, the subordination of the details of a work to the unity of the whole, and an art that was great and popular and intelligiblethe art dreamed of by the Encyclopedists. But Gluck’s genius went beyond Encyclopedic dreams. He came to represent in music the free […]

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Gluck and Alceste – I Part by Luca

Alceste was not a success when first produced in Paris on April 23, 1776. One of Gluck’s friends, the printer Corancez, went to look for Gluck in the wings of the theater in order to condole with him and gives us the following curious account of the meeting: “I joined Gluck in the corridor and […]

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Maria Callas – “O Dei del mio Fato crudele” – “Alceste” (Original Italian version) – CH. W. Gluck – LIVE at La Scala 1954 by Luca

Maria Callas – “O Dei del mio Fato crudele” – “Alceste” (Original Italian version) – LIVE at La Scala 1954 – This production of “Alceste” was her first collaboration in a stage performance with director Luchino Visconti. “Alceste”, is an opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck from 1767, original version in Italian, Burgtheater, Wien, with Antonia […]

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Maria Callas and the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala – Ouverture and I Scene – LIVE (sung in italian) June thw 1th 1957 – “Iphigénie en Tauride” . Ch W. Gluck by Luca

Maria Callas and the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala – Ouverture and I Scene – LIVE (sung in italian) June thw 1th 1957 – “Iphigénie en Tauride” . Ch W. Gluck. Conductor M.° Nino Sanzogno. “Iphigénie en Tauride” (“Iphigenia in Tauride”) is an opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck in four acts. It was his fifth […]

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