Early Classical Period Opera: Christoph Willibald Gluck and Orfeo Ed Euridice

Date: 2017.9. 30 (Saturday)
Time: 15:00-17:00
Venue: Fundação Rui Cunha
Language: English with Cantonese interpretation

Raised in Bohemia but also having lived in Vienna and Paris, Gluck was a respected composer for the Habsburg Court.  Join us to explore this seminal piece of Gluck's works in a new and updated production.

We will see how Gluck broke through the norms of Metastasian libretti to craft a newer and more approachable way to understand the convoluted stories and actions of opera in that time period.

Abounding with the melodies and using a more accompanied style of recitative rather than the "secco recitativo" prevalent in the days, he is considered to be the first German composer to push story over stars and form.


Brian Montgomery

Brian Montgomery, a baritone, has performed leading roles in over 60 operas in his career and includes the Metropolitan Opera, Bavarian State Opera, and Arena di Verona among the many theaters where he has performed.