British mezzo-soprano, Dame Janet Baker, chose to retire from the operatic stage singing the title role in Sir Peter Hall's acclaimed production of Christoph Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. This 1982 recording from Glyndebourne, where Dame Janet appropriately began her professional career, proved a suitable crowning glory to the career of one of the great singing actresses of our age.
Dame Janet's realization of Orfeo, the grieving musician from Greek mythology who follows his beloved wife Euridice to the depths of Hades in an attempt to bring her back from dead, is totally convincing.
"…one of her finest and most moving portrayals.” - TV TIMES
Dame Janet Baker, OrfeoElisabeth SpeiserEuridiceElizabeth Gale, Amore
Composer: Christoph GluckOriginal Text: Ranieri de' Calzabigi
Glyndebourne Festival ChorusThe London PhilharmonicConductor: Raymond Leppard
Producer: Peter HallAssociate Producer: Guus MostartMovement: Stuart HoppsDesign and Lighting: John BuryDirected for video by: Rodney Greenberg
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