Met Opera on Demand Catalog
Iphigénie en Tauride
(Feb. 26, 2011)
Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Librettist: Nicolas-François Guillard, based on the play by Guymond de la Touche (based on Euripides)
Summers; Graham, Domingo, Groves, Hawkins
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 55 min.
Gluck’s gripping adaptation of the ancient Greek myth is vividly brought to life by a stellar cast in Stephen Wadsworth’s atmospheric production. Plácido Domingo is Oreste, driven by the Furies to atone for killing his mother Clytemnestre. When he and his companion Pylade (Paul Groves) are shipwrecked on the island of Tauride, the king Thoas (Gordon Hawkins) demands they be sacrificed. At the center of the drama is Iphigénie, Oreste’s long-lost sister, sung by the extraordinary Susan Graham. Forced to live among her enemies, she holds the lives of the captives in her hands—unaware that one of them is her brother.