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With Gluck, opera returns to its roots. Following the ideas advocated by Rousseau, this work aims to put dramatic action in the spotlight, discarding any frills or decorations. It is a bridge between Baroque and Classical opera, returning to music inspired by Antiquity, searching for what the composer called, "the beauty of simplicity". In Alceste, Gluck not only manages to create an innovative score, but he also gives dignity to female characters, who were so maligned by the libertines of the 18th century. His idealisation of the feminine is a recurring theme, reflected in characters such as Ifigenia and Alceste, who are willing to sacrifice themselves in the place of their consorts, and are some of the most beautiful heroines from the work of Euripedes, the production of the Teatro Real.


Opera in three acts
Music by Christoph Gluck
Libretto by Marie Francois-Louis Gand Le Blanc du Roullet, after Ranieri de Calzabigi's work about Euripides tragedy Alcestis

New production of Teatro Real

Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra 
(Coro Intemezzo / Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)

Production Team & Cast

  • Musical director: Ivor Bolton
  • Stage director: Krzysztof Warlikowski
  • Set and costume designer: Malgorzata Szczesniak
  • Dramaturg: Damien Chardonnet-Darmaillacq
  • Lighting designer: Felice Ross
  • Video: Denis Guéguin
  • Choreographer: Claude Bardouil
  • Chorus Master: Andrés Máspero
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  • Admète: Paul Groves (Feb. 27 · Mar. 2, 4, 7, 9, 12, 15)
    Tom Randle (Mar. 6, 8, 11, 14)
  • Alceste: Angela Denoke (Feb. 27 · Mar. 2, 4, 7, 9, 12, 15)
    Sofia Soloviy (Mar. 6, 8, 11, 14)
  • High Priest of Apollon / Thanatos: Willard White
  • Évandre: Magnus Staveland
  • Hercule: Thomas Oliemans
  • Apollon: Isaac Galán
  • An herald / An oracle: Fernando Radó
  • 4 Corifeos: Maria Miró
    Oxana Arabadzhieva
    César de Frutos
    Rodrigo Álvarez
  • Admète´s parents: Amparo Bengala, Alberto Junco
  • Alceste and Admète´s children: Celine Peña, David Moreno
  • Gobernanta: Rosaida Castillo
  • Caron: Christophe Linéré

Performance Dates

  • 27 FEB (T) 20:00h
  • 2 MAR (S) 18:00h
  • 4 MAR (T) 20:00h
  • 6 MAR (T) 20:00h
  • 7 MAR (F) 20:00h
  • 8 MAR (S) 20:00h
  • 9 MAR (S) 18:00h
  • 11 MAR (T) 20:00h
  • 12 MAR (W) 20:00h
  • 14 MAR (F) 20:00h
  • 15 MAR (S) 20:00h
  • Place: Main Auditorium

Approximate running time

Acts I and II: 1 hour and 45 min.
Interval: 25 min.
​Act III: 45 min.


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Programme of show

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