I bought this box set of Gluck's operas (6 operas, but with two very different versions of Orfeo, which brings it to 7) having only heard Berlioz revision of Orfeo and Euridice, and Iphegenie en Tauride before. These operas, most of them with Greek Mythology as their subject, are absolutely delightful! Born: 1714-07-02 (Berching, Germany) Died: 1787-11-15 (Vienna, Austria) Christoph Willibald (Ritter von) Gluck was a composer of Italian and French opera in the early classical period. Gluck’s most popular opera, Orfeo ed Euridice, was a revolt against the opera seria style so common in early baroque opera. What was Opera Seria you ask? Well, prior to Gluck’s Orfeo, the artistic emphasis in baroque opera was placed primarily on the solo voice. Gluck is a gateway drug to better operas, and the libretto is deep. The production embeds the orchestra within the action, and projections on the scrim (as well as the use of lighting and lasers) accentuate the sense of being in the underworld.