Iphigenie auf Tauris – Róbert Alföldi's first direction at the Opera
photography by Péter Herman

Gluck's opera was put on stage in the version adapted by Richard Strauss, for the first time on the stage of the Opera. Iphigenie auf Tauris is directed by Róbert Alföldi.


The Opera keeps its promise made by 2013: it broadens the repertoire with a baroque opera production at the end of each season for five years. Following the premieres of recent years, Serse by Händel and Hyppolite et Aricie by Rameau, audiences could discover another piece of early music . On the 300th anniversary of the birth of Christoph Willibald Gluck, baroque specialist György Vashegyi conducted the opera that has so far been heard only once in the 130-year history of the Opera, and even then only one act at the Erkel Theatre.

 

As the last stage work by Gluck, Iphigenie auf Tauris combines the two ways the composer followed throughout his career. In one, he almost completely omits aesthetics and concentrates solely on expressing the dramatic intensity. In the other one, his aim is to express intense emotions while disregarding the requirements of dramatic structure. In this work, music and drama are combined in harmony. At his time, Gluck was considered incredibly modern and "international", as he mixed the characteristics of the French and Italian operas.

 

Director: Róbert Alföldi

Set designer: Róbert Menczel

Costume designer: Fruzsina Nagy

Conductor: György Vashegyi

 

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