Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

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

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