Christoph Willibald Gluck, an acclaimed composer and influential reformer, whose youth and musical beginnings are linked with Bohemia and Prague, gained worldwide fame owing to his unceasing quest to change the face of opera, to purge it of vocal exhibitionism and draw it nearer to drama and theatre, to find in it – as he put it – “beautiful simplicity”. The first and most famous of Gluck’s operas written in the new reformatory style is Orfeo ed Euridice, dating from 1762. The composer eschews completely the traditional operatic pomposity, inclining instead to an intensive and well-considered musico-dramatic language drawn from the logic and atmosphere of the mythical story of suffering from the loss of the beloved, love that is capable of performing miracles, as well as the weakness that hinders these miracles. Against the grain of Italian opera practice, Gluck markedly increased the role played by the chorus and ballet, he only maintained three soloists – in addition to the two lead characters, the allegoric Amore, a comforter who ultimately brings the imperfect human to the longed-for destination. In Gluck’s adaptation, the famous Greek myth has an introspective, meditative, psychological, hence also extremely timeless, nature. We will be presenting Gluck’s opera in the Italian version, with Orfeo sung by a baritone.
News About Orfeo ed Euridice at Metropolitan Opera House
Lauren Snouffer Replaces Leslie Fagan as Soprano Soloist in Oratorio Society of New York Performance of MESSIAH
December 04, 2019
In 1874, a one-year-old organization called the Oratorio Society of New York performed Handel's Messiah on Christmas night at Steinway Hall, then on East 14th Street. Earlier that year, New York City made its first move to grow beyond Manhattan by annexing the 'West Bronx.'
Oratorio Society of New York to Present Handel's MESSIAH at Carnegie Hall
November 07, 2019
In 1874, a one-year-old organization called the Oratorio Society of New York performed Handel's Messiah on Christmas night at Steinway Hall, which was then on East 14th Street. Earlier that year, New York City made its first move to grow beyond Manhattan by annexing the 'West Bronx.'
Oratorio Society Of New York Announces Update To 2019-20 Season
August 16, 2019
The 2019-20 season of the Oratorio Society of New York, the city's standard for grand choral performance led by its acclaimed music director, Kent Tritle, is highlighted by two premieres that reflect its 146-year history: the U.S. premiere of a new critical edition of a Brahms masterwork that the Society performed in 1877; and the world premiere of A Nation of Others, an OSNY-commissioned oratorio for soloists, chorus, and orchestra by composer Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell on the subject of immigrants' arrival at Ellis Island.