He wrote forty-nine in total, evolving the genre from the extravagancies of the Baroque era to the more focused, storytelling genre it became.
As he matured, Gluck grew unsatisfied with the extravagant conventions of Baroque opera, as epitomised by composers such as Handel or Vivaldi. His influential reforms included reducing the amount of repetition in an aria and trying to make the sung words more intelligible to the audience.
Starting the exciting double header of Gluck at the Enescu Festical is his Iphigénie en Tauride.
"...the thrilling playing of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under the focused baton of conductor Laurence Cummings."