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Gluck’s Innovative Lyric Operatic Work Orphée et Eurydice

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As co-owner and director of MPC Containment International, attorney and entrepreneur Edward Reicin supplies the US military with portable storage tanks. With a background as a professional singer who has appeared in numerous operatic productions, Edward Reicin supports organizations such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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Gluck’s Innovative Lyric Operatic Work Orphée et Eurydice

  1. 1. GLUCK’S INNOVATIVE LYRIC OPERATIC WORK ORPHÉE ET EURYDICEEdward Reicin
  2. 2. Introduction • As co-owner and director of MPC Containment International, attorney and entrepreneur Edward Reicin supplies the US military with portable storage tanks. With a background as a professional singer who has appeared in numerous operatic productions, Edward Reicin supports organizations such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Among the anticipated productions in the opera company’s current season is Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice. This seminal mid-18th century work drew on Monteverdi’s 1607 composition L’Orfeo, which had a stated aim of recapturing the creative power of ancient Greek vocal dramas. By the time of Gluck’s work, opera had become staid and predictable, with Italian opera seria relying on two basic stock devices: the secco recitative and the aria, to move the dramatic action forward.
  3. 3. Orphée et Eurydice • Seeking to do away with cliche, over-elaboration, and a trope of only showcasing a single emotion at a time, Gluck aimed for emotional directness in his compositional works. He refined Orphée et Eurydice several times following its premier, with a focus on incorporating French lyric tragedy conventions, as well as physical movement through sections such as the Dance of the Blessed Spirits. The result was an innovative lyric work that succeeded in providing bite and urgency, and breathed new life into a predictable operatic form.

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