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By Gluck

Gluck’s neglected masterpiece about the power of unrequited love

University Opera Theatre and the University Philharmonia Orchestra

Sung in French with projected English translations.

Mendelssohn Theatre

March 25 - 28, 2010


The Story: Set during the Crusades, a beautiful pagan enchantress named Armide is determined to ensnare the enemy leader, Renaud, who is the only knight who has been able to resist her charms. She finally succeeds in ensnaring Renaud only to fall in love while trying to kill him. Whisking him away, Armide casts a spell to make him love her while she grapples to understand her torn emotions. Sorcery, passion, and hatred ensue as Armide struggles to hang on to her beloved amid the war.

Artistic Significance: Composed in 1777, Armide is based on an episode in Torquato Tasso’s epic poem Jerusalem Delivered. Gluck caused a minor scandal when he lifted the libretto straight from Lully’s celebrated opera of the same name, which was universally considered the perfect expression of French operatic tradition at the time. Armide’s score is filled with sensuous, lyrical music of great eloquence. Don’t miss this rarely performed gem.



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Artistic Staff

Director Joshua Major
Conductor Douglas Kinney Frost
Scenic Designer Vincent Mountain
Lighting Designer Rob Murphy
Costume Designer Rachel Jahn
Wig Designer Erin Lunsford
Stage Manager Brett Finley


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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower