Saturday 23rd August - Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice
Bernard Clarke presents Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (critical version) based on the myth of Orpheus. Orfeo ed Euridice is the first of Gluck's "reform" operas, in which he attempted to replace the abstruse plots and overly complex music of opera seria with a "noble simplicity" in both the music and the drama.This production was recorded at Goteborg Opera. Laurence Cummings conducts the Goteborg Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Katarina Karneus plays Orfeo, Kerstin Avemo as Euridice and Mia Karlsson as Amore. (Katarina Karnéus and Kerstin Avemo in Orfeo Ed Euridice Photo Mats Bäcker)
Saturday 29th August - Iphigenia in Tauris by Gluck
Bernard Clarke continues his celebration of the operatic works of Gluck as he presents Iphigenia in Tauris recorded at the Four Seasons Centre, Toronto starring Susan Graham as Iphigenie and Russell Braun as Oreste. Sandra Horst conducts the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and Chorus.