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Six things you (probably) didn’t know about Christoph Willibald Gluck

Thu 31 Jan 2019

What’s in a name? Admittedly, Christoph Willibald Gluck wasn’t blessed with the most inspiring of them – it’s hardly evocative like the great Italian opera composers or his 18th century counterpart, Mozart.

But don’t let that put you off. Often overlooked, Gluck is one of the great opera composers. He wrote 49 in total, evolving the genre from the extravagancies of the Baroque era to the more focused, storytelling genre it became.

Here are some things you probably didn’t know about him.

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Feisty Females: Part 2

Sat 29 Sep 2012

Next in our handy guide to female opera characters, we find out more about Iphigenia…if you’re coming to our concert on Sunday at the Royal Festival Hall, you’ll get to hear her distraught aria, taken from Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride.

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