Thursday, 29 October 2020

Exclusive preview of a new video of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice from Slovenia

Amor's aria 'Gli sguardi trattieni' from Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, an exclusive preview of a new live recording from Slovenia of the Vienna version of the opera. Amor is sung by Slovenian soprano Nika Gorič, Orfeo is sung by the Slovenian mezzo-soprano Barbara Kozelj and Eurydice by Belgian soprano Liesbeth Devos, with Orchestra matutina, conductor Matej Šarc. There are further previews on YouTube, of the overture [YouTube]  and Orfeo and Eurydice's duet 'Vieni, appaga il tuo consorte!' [YouTube]

The performance is based on a live concert given in Ljubljana in September in the Slovenian Philharmonic hall. The orchestra is Slovenian and it specialises in music from the Baroque and Classical eras. Its name is inspired by Bach's cantata Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern  as rehearsals and performances tend to be in the morning.

Barbara Kozelj's performances have included Penelope in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr at the Festival Enescu Bucharest and in London’s Barbican Hall [see my review], and her debut as Brangäne in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at Oper Leipzig.

Liesbeth Devos’ recent engagements have included Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) for a recording with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Galatea (Acis and Galatea), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice)

Nika Gorič studied in Maribor, Graz and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. We caught her as on of the Italian singers in Richard Strauss' Capriccio at Garsington [see my review]

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