Filmed live in 2015 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Libretto by Ranieri Simone Francesco Maria de ‘Calzabigi, after <i>Alceste</i> by Euripides. Opera in three acts with a running time of approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes.
Pier Luigi Pizzi’s new prestigious production of <i>Alceste</i> by Christoph Willibald Gluck to mark the three hundredth anniversary of the composer’s birth (Erasbach, Baveria 1714 – Vienna 1787). Musical direction will be by Guillaume Tourniaire with Carmela Remigio as Alceste and Marlin Miller as Admeto.
An exponent of early Viennese classicism, Christoph Willibald Gluck played a decisive role in the reform and simplification of opera seria, which was suffering a period of decline in the eighteenth century. A key piece in this reform, together with the more famous<i> Orfeo ed Euridice </i>is<i> Alceste</i>, which portrays. The god is moved by this act of extreme devotion and allows the woman to return from the underworld.