François-Xavier Roth is leading the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a programme devoted to Alceste and other mythological heroines as part of the thematic concert series Man and Myth.
In the thematic series Man and Myth, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is focusing on mythological figures who have had a major influence on our culture thanks to three great Greek tragedians. Many seventeenth- and eighteenth-century operas were based on the tragedies of Euripides, whose portrayal of the female psyche is unparalleled in Greek antiquity. Alceste, in particular, who sacrificed herself for love, appealed to the imagination of composers, as attested by the many operas based on her character.
François-Xavier Roth is conducting excerpts from seventeenth- and eighteenth-century operas, with German soprano Anna Lucia Richter singing the arias. Alceste is a central character in musico-dramatic works by Lully, Handel and Gluck. We encounter other unique heroines – Phaedra and Electra – in the music of Rameau and Mozart.