CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK 1714-1787
Dramma per musica in three acts (Prague edition).
Libretto by Pietro Metastasio
First performed 1750, Teatro Nuovo, Prague
Sung in Italian with German surtitles. c. 3 hrs, including one interval
Performances December 9 / 14 / 17 / 22 / 28
The tyranical, capricious emperor Valentiniano rules Rome. When his military commander Ezio returns after beating Attila, King of the Huns, he realises that the emperor is enamoured of his beloved Fulvia, daughter of the patrician Massimo, whose wife was raped by the emperor. Massimo is longing for revenge and wants to kill Valentiniano.... Ezio does not behave like one might expect in a strong title hero. It is his beloved Fulvia who becomes the true central figure. Her authenticity is not compatible with intrigues: the emperor, her father and her beloved drive her insane. Christoph Willibald Gluck, who later went on to reform opera, was regarded as a traditional opera seria composer earlier on in his career. His Prague Ezio is one of the most interesting early works during an extremely promising period of creativity. He concentrated on the credible musical characterisation of the figures. Vincent Boussard used the original version of Metastasio's libretto for this production: the reinclusion of some recitatives strengthens the tension and brilliance of the work.
Conductor - Simone Di Felice
Director - Vincent Boussard
Revival rehearsed by - Caterina Panti Liberovici
Set Designer - Kaspar Glarner
Costume Designer - Christian Lacroix
Lighting Designer - Joachim Klein
Video - Bibi Abel
Dramaturge -Zsolt Horpácsy