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Alceste

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Opera in three acts Music by Gluck
Libretto by RANIERI CALZABIGI after EURIPIDES
(sung in Italian)
(gramophone records)
'When I undertook to write the music for Alceste, I resolved to divest it entirely of all those abuses ... which have so long disfigured Italian opera and made of the most splendid and most beautiful of spectacles the most ridiculous and wearisome.' (GLUCK) Cast in order of singing: Herald
JAMES ATKINS (baritone)
Ismene, confidante of Alcestis
MARION LOWE (soprano)
Evander, friend of Admetus
ALEXANDER YOUNG (tenor)
Alcestis, wife of Admetus
KIRSTEN FLAGSTAD (soprano)
Children of Admetus and Alcestis:
Eumelus.JOAN CLARK (soprano) Aspasia
ROSEMARY THAYER (soprano)
High Priest
THOMAS HEMSLEY (baritone)
Voice of the Oracle
JAMES ATKINS
Infernal Deity THOMAS HEMSLEY Admetus, King of Pherae
RAOUL JOBIN (tenor) Apollo THOMAS HEMSLET
GERAINT JONES SINGERS AND ORCHESTRA conducted by GERAINT JONES
The action takes place In classical antiquity. Act 1
3.5* Patricia Howard compares the French and Italian versions of Gluck's Alceste.
3.20* Alceste Acts 2 and 3

Contributors

Unknown: Ranieri Calzabigi
Singers: Geraint Jones
Conducted By: Geraint Jones
Unknown: Patricia Howard

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