Christoph Willibald Gluck

Christoph Willibald Gluck

  • Born: 2nd juillet 1714
  • Died: 15th novembre 1787
  • Birthplace: Erasbach, Germany

Christoph Willibald Gluck was an opera composer of the early classical period. After many years at the Habsburg court at Vienna, Gluck brought about the practical reform of opera's dramaturgical practices that many intellectuals had been campaigning for over the years. With a series of radical new works in the 1760s, among them Orfeo ed Euridice and Alceste, he broke the stranglehold that Metastasian opera seria had enjoyed for much of the century.