Distribuzione delle parti / Besetzung / Ensemble
Mutazioni di scene / Bühnenbilder / Stage settings
Balli pantomimi / Pantomimische Tänze / Pantomimic dances
Balli ballati / Getanzte Tänze / Danced dances
Indice delle scene e dei numeri / Verzeichnis der Szenen und Nummern / Index of scenes and numbers
Composer / Author:
Gluck, Christoph Willibald
Alceste. Tragedia per musica in three acts (Vienna version 1767):
Soprano solo (4), Tenor solo (2), Baritone solo (2), Bass solo (3), Mixed choir (SATB), Ballet, Orchestra
Calzabigi, Ranieri de'
With the premiere of Gluck's "Alceste", the Burgtheater Vienna reopened its doors, concluding a period of mourning that had been decreed following the death of Archduchess Maria Josepha.
Calzabigi's inspiration for the libretto, which, despite including an element of wonder, focuses entirely on death and the afterworld, most likely stemmed from the death of Empress Maria Theresia's husband. In Euripides' Alcestis, the librettist might have recognized a sufferer akin to the imperial widow, who was highly regarded by her people. Following in the Greek tragedy tradition, Gluck once more sought to emphasize the unity of the work as a whole and the interplay of all elements involved, including costumes and stage design. He placed great importance on integrating the chorus into the happenings on stage.
Barenreiter now presents a newly engraved vocal score which has been meticulously revised, corrected and adapted to meet current Barenreiter standards.