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.