Iphigenia in Tauris


A sample of the accolades Iphigenia has been receiving in the press:

“A theatrical marvel…full of glorious and moving music, this production has a charmed cast of brilliant singing actors; a beautifully sensitive orchestra under the direction of Gary Thor Wedow; and emotionally intelligent staging by Stephen Wadsworth. … All three principals are physically perfect for their roles. As Iphigenie, Nuccia Focile is a revelation: powerful of voice and always deeply affecting. Brett Polegato’s performance [as Orestes] is so beautifully drawn that it’s hard to imagine it being bettered anywhere.”
– Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times

“A rare treasure . Gluck’s Iphigenia in Tauris is an opera of astonishing beauty, which Seattle Opera’s new production revealed Saturday night at McCaw Hall. … It takes care and expertise to bring forth this rich trove. Seattle Opera did just that with intelligence, passion, and expansiveness, led by Gary Thor Wedow in the pit and total dramatic involvement and luminous singing from the opera’s principals. … Figures from antiquity are made flesh and blood. … The orchestra posseses textural clarity; welcome impetus and a handsome sound. … The women of the Seattle Opera Chorus, meticulously rehearsed by Beth Kirchoff, deserve special notice for seamless phrases and a crystalline sound. ….”
–R.M. Campbell, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Seattle Opera takes on a Greek myth, with breathtaking results. Two of the most absorbing hours of opera in memory . This near-perfect balanced combination of music, spectacle, and movement is as close as I’ve ever seen Seattle Opera come to the sort of ‘total art work’ that the idealistic Gluck inspired his devotee Richard Wagner to strive for. The power and nuance both of Nuccia Focile’s voice and stage presence make her a commanding Iphigenia, in a portrayal of magnificent commitment and courage. Tenor William Burden sings Pylades with thrilling emotional immediacy and beauty, pairing well with rich-voiced baritone Brett Polegato as co-captive Orestes. …ravishing stagecraft…the Seattle Symphony sounds especially dreamy.”
– Gavin Borchert, Seattle Weekly

“…a production that simply astounded me on every level. I found myself not just engaged but absolutely thrilled by nearly everything I saw and heard. [This] production simply astounded me on every level. Miss it at your peril!”
– Rod Parke, Seattle Gay News

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