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Paride ed Elena

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Christof von Gluck


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About the opera Paride ed Elena

Paride ed Elena (Paris and Helen) is an opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck, the third and final of his Italian reformist works, following Orfeo ed Euridice and Alceste. Like its predecessors, its libretto was written by Ranieri de' Calzabigi. The opera tells the story of the events between the Judgment of Paris and the flight of Paris and Helen to Troy. It was premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 3 November 1770.
The hero Paris is in Sparta, having chosen Aphrodite above Hera and Athena, sacrificing to Aphrodite and seeking, with the encouragement of Erasto, the love of Helen. Paris and Helen meet at her royal palace and each is struck by the other's beauty. She calls on him to judge an athletic contest and when asked to sing he does so in praise of her beauty, admitting the purpose of his visit is to win her love. She dismisses him. In despair Paris now pleads with her, and she begins to give way. Eventually, through the intervention of Erasto, who now reveals himself as Cupid, she gives way, but Pallas Athene (Athena) now warns them of sorrow to come. In the final scene Paris and Helen make ready to embark for Troy.
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Roles in Paride ed Elena

Paride Mezzo-Soprano
Elena Soprano
Cupid Soprano
Pallas Athene Soprano
A Trojan Soprano

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Arias from Paride ed Elena

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1O del mio dolce ardor Popularity:

Opera: Paride ed ElenaComposer: GluckAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paride
2Lo temei Popularity:

Opera: Paride ed ElenaComposer: GluckAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian