Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride

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Paul Groves as Pylade, Susan Graham as Iphigenie and Placido Domingo as Orestes perform in Gluck’s fifth opera. This interpretation of the Greek myth comes to the Met stage in a production by Stephen Wadsworth. 

Iphigénie en Tauride made its world premiere in Paris on May 18, 1779. Gluck followed this up two years later with his last work for stage, a German version of the opera, Iphigenia auf Tauris. Credited with reforming the dramaturgical practices of opera in his day, the German-born Gluck spent much of his career in France, where Iphigénie en Tauride was widely regarded as perhaps his finest work.

Cast and credits:

Conductor: Patrick Summers

Iphigénie: Susan Graham

Orest: Plácido Domingo

Pylade: Paul Groves

Thoas: Gordon Hawkins

Production: Stephen Wadsworth