Christoph Willibald Gluck
Pierre-Louis Moline based on Raniero de' Calzabigi
In the version by Hector Berlioz (1859)
A husband laments the death of his wife. He follows her to the underworld and finds her there. But he is forbidden to look at her. He does it anyway! Has he now lost her forever? Or will the gods' hearts be moved by this loving, "human" glance? In 1762, Gluck put the quietus on the artificiality of baroque opera with this work - from then on the human element took center stage.
In French with German surtitles