GLUCK, C.W.: Iphigenie en Tauride [Opera] (Opernhaus Zurich, 2001)

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Iphigenie en Tauride

Date of Production: 2001
Venue: Opernhaus Zurich
Playing Time: 01:47:57
Catalogue Number: MID13245168
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Synopsis

Gluck's wonderful but neglected 1774 opera Iphigenie en Tauride, inspired by the Greek legend, is treated with forceful and convincing simplicity in Klaus Guth's revolutionary production stated the Zurich Opera House. The psychological drama in a tense atmosphere of fears and traumas is underline by Guth's use of huge masks and enclosed space. Conductor William Christie and his typically transparent but never cold orchestral sound perfectly match the descriptive elements in Gluck's score, while the Armenian mezzo-soprano Juliette Galstain as a fabulously good Iphigenie, the leading American opera baritone Rodney Gilfry as Oreste and the deceased South African tenor Deon van der Walt as Pylade head a superb cast.

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