Christoph Willibald Gluck - Roberto Alagna 

Opera in 1 prologue and 3 acts Adaptation & Stage Direction : David Alagna

Orphée: Roberto Alagna
Eurydice: Serena Gamberoni
Le Guide: Marc Barrard

Orchestra & Choir of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna Conductor : Giampaolo Bisanti

BAC452 / Opéra recorded at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in 2008

Roberto Alagna as Orpheus in his brother David’s new version of the Gluck masterpiece. A major event recorded in Bologna.

Opting for the French-language version of Gluck’s Orpheus, David Alagna was faced with the task of achieving an appropriately subtle adaptation. In a plot transposed to the present day, Eurydice dies in a car accident on the day of her wedding, and Orpheus’s quest for his beloved is a dream beginning and ending at the cemetery. No happy ending in this interpretation, but a new approach to characterisation: Amore, sung by a baritone, becomes a funeral parlour employee and Orpheus’s guide. And Orpheus, of course, loses his loved one forever by turning to look back.

The enormously talented Roberto Alagna throws himself body and soul into this production. His incredible vitality and flawless timbre and diction make him a great Orpheus. His partner, young Italian soprano Serena Gamberoni, is simply stunning as Eurydice, while French baritone Marc Barrard is suitably terrifying as the guide to the Underworld. The orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna is conducted by Giampaolo Bisanti, who masterfully brings out all Gluck’s poetry, romantic melancholy and depth.

A co-production with the Montpellier Opera.

  • Director: David Alagna and Arnaud Petitet
  • Bonus: Backstage - Interviews of Giampaolo Bisanti & David Alagna (30 min)
  • Length: 104 min - Image: 16/9 NTSC
  • Audio: PCM Stereo / Dolby digital 5.1
  • Subtitles: French / English / German / Spanish / Italian
  • Zones: All Zones - 1 disc(s) - Release date: