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Superstar tenor Juan Diego Florez records his first major opera role outside of the bel canto repertoire with this recording of Gluck's landmark opera. Florez stars as the musician and poet Orpheus in Gluck's mythical opera of love and loss, Orphee et Eurydice (Orpheus and Eurydice). Following acclaimed performances at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Decca is proud to record and release the complete live performance. The opera is heard in the 1774 Paris version, sung in French. Gluck originally wrote the opera in Italian featuring a castrato, but for the Paris premiere he had the opera translated, re-wrote the lead for a high tenor and expanded the ballet music.
Juan Diego Florez stars as the musician and poet Orpheus in Gluck's mythical opera of love and loss. Following acclaimed performances at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Juan Diego Florez records his first major opera role outside the bel canto repertoire, as he stars as Orphee Gluck's most enduringly popular opera, sung in the original French of his 1774 Paris version. Includes the much-loved aria 'J'ai perdu mon Eurydice' ('Che faro senza Euridice') sung by Juan Diego Florez, and the popular 'Dance Of The Blessed Spirits'. Eurydice is sung by rising Spanish soprano Ainhoa Garmendia, with soprano Alessandra Marianelli as L'Amour. Twelve years after the Vienna premiere of his original Italian version, Gluck adapted his opera for Parisian audiences. Apart from the change of language, the most significant difference is that the central role, sung in the Italian version by a castrato, was rewritten for the particular kind of high tenor voice that French audiences adored.
Jesús López-Cobos conducts with great spirit, and the Teatro Real orchestra, woodwinds especially, feast on Gluck's graceful ballet music, an enlarged feature of this Paris version. When he turns down the dazzle, Flórez himself in selected phrases becomes a tender pleasure.
Needless to say, the quality of Florez's singing never falters for a second...From the opening scene he sings the most aristocratic of legato lines, which are a constant source of pleasure...The rest of the cast do not let him down. Ainhoa Garmendia makes a warmly sympathetic Eurydice, Alessandra Marianelli is a gleaming L'Amour.
BBC Music Magazine
Flórez's rapid vibrato and sweetness give the impression of gliding brightly above the music. His is an elegant, aloof Orpheus...Alessandra Marianelli's Amour is sparkling
It's one of [Flórez's] finest performances, sung with noble beauty...Dramatically, it takes him into new territory, revealing a genuinely tragic sensibility on the part of an artist we associate primarily with virtuosity and charm.
Recording information: Teatro Real, Madrid (2008-05-27&2008-05-30&2008-).
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Works DetailsGluck, Christoph Willibald : Orphée et Eurydice (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 41
- Conductor: Jesús López-Cobos
- Notes: Teatro Real, Madrid (2008-05-27&2008-05-30&2008-)
- Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Opera/Operetta