Following the immensely successful Strauss150 Festival, a month after the Hungarian premiere of Die Frau ohne Schatten, the Hungarian State Opera presents another Hungarian premier. As a finale to the 2013/14 season, Gluck's opera is 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 can discover another piece of early music on 22 June. On the 300th anniversary of the birth of Christoph Willibald Gluck, baroque specialist György Vashegyi conducts 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