Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck

Born: 2nd July 1714

Died: 15th November 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.