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Opera: Work details

Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Music title: Alceste (1776)
Librettist: Marie François Louis Gand Leblanc Roullet
Work definition: Tragédie opéra in three acts
After: After the Italian libretto by Ranieri de' Calzabigi
Language: French
Notes: Gluck's original 'Alceste', to an Italian libretto by Ranieri de' Calzabigi, was first performed at the Burgtheater, Vienna, on 26 December 1767. For the 1776 Paris production, Gluck made significant revisions to the music and Roullet's libretto altered the original plot.
World premiere: 23 April 1776, Académie Royale de Musique, Paris
ROH premiere: 6 May 1937, Paris Opera
ROH company premiere: 26 November 1981, The Royal Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
Alceste (1981) The Royal Opera (1 performance online)