Christoph Willibald Gluck


Gluck was one of the first reformers in the history of opera when he tried, after a number of completely period-written works, in several so-called reform operas to create works devoid of stereotypes, conventional music and empty, unrelated arias, which were mainly to demonstrate the singing craftsmanship of the singers. 

  • Stage JK Tyl Theatre
  • Premiere Saturday, 15 January 2022
  • duration 170 min
  • Age Category For everyone
  • Libretto:
    Ranieri de’ Calzabigi
    Musical arrangement:
    Michael Hofstetter
    Conducted by:
    Michael Hofstetter,
    Jiří Petrdlík
    Directed by:
    Tomáš Ondřej Pilař
    Script Editor:
    Zbyněk Brabec
    Stage Design:
    Petr Vítek
    Eva Jiřikovská
    Light Design:
    Daniel Tesař
    Video projection:
    Lukáš Masner
    Sbormistr a asistent dirigenta:
    Jakub Zicha
    Martin Šinták
    Asistentka režie:
    Jitka Ženíšková
    Musical preparation:
    Maxim Averkiev,
    Martin Marek
    Viktorie Šimůnková
    Stage manager:
    Petra Tolašová

The Gluck’s first reformative opera, created in collaboration with librettist Ranier de Calzabigi (and also under the influence of the ballet reformer Noverro), is Orpheus and Eurydice from 1762. Their Alceste was created five years later and continued in this direction, in which libretto and music closely connected. The plot of the opera is based on an ancient legend about Alcestis, the wife of King Admet, who voluntarily went to her death instead of him. Heracles goes to the underworld to free her, which moves the god Apollo to release her.           

We will present the opera in the original Italian version with Czech and German subtitles.