M1500 .G56 O74 2004 DVD
Opera in three acts. Music by Christoph Gluck. Libretto by Ranieri de Calzabigi.
British mezzo-soprano, Dame Janet Baker, chose to retire from the operatic stage singing the title role in Sir Peter Hall's acclaimed production of Orfeo ed Euridice. This 1982 recording from Glyndebourne, where Dame Janet appropriately began her professional career, proved a suitable crowning glory to the career of one of the great singing actresses of our age. Dame Janet's realization of Orfeo, the grieving musician from Greek mythology who follows his beloved wife Euridice to the depths of Hades in an attempt to bring her back from the dead, is totally convincing.
Performers: Janet Baker (Orfeo) ; Elisabeth Speiser (Euridice) ; Elizabeth Gale (Amore) ; London Philharmonic Orchestra ; Glyndebourne Festival Chorus ; Raymond Leppard, conductor.
Filmed at Glyndebourne in 1982.
Sung in Italian; subtitles in English, French, German, and Spanish.
Distributed by Kultur (www.kultur.com).