[ Opus Arte DVD / 2 DVD ]
Release Date: Wednesday 20 February 2013
Suitable for General Audiences
Two late and baleful tragedies by Euripides focus on the ill-starred daughter of the Greek King, Agamemnon. Will he sacrifice Iphigenia in order to secure fair winds for his voyage to Troy? In Aulis, the drama rages until she is spared. Having escaped to Tauris, Iphigenia finds herself compelled to kill her own brother before, once more, the fickle gods intervene.
Gluck's operatic settings are very rarely staged together, but Pierre Audi's production makes a darkly compelling case for their dramatic unity. All the lead performers here are experienced exponents of Gluck, and together they present a powerfully idiomatic experience.
First ever release together on DVD/Blu-ray.
Iphigénie en Aulide has never been issued before on DVD/Blu-ray.
Top international cast includes Véronique Gens as Iphigénie and Anne Sofie von Otter as Clytemnestre.
Marc Minkowski & Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble have been widely acclaimed for their Gluck performances.
Running time: 267 minutes
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
GRAMOPHONE AWARD FINALIST 2013: Opera
"in this performance every cross-hatched, baleful figure is crisp and clear...Veronique Gens's submissive, poised Iphigénie [en Aulide] becomes Mireille Delunsch's red-eyed, hysterical Iphigénie en Tauride...Both sopranos sing magnificently despite Audi's over-stylised movement direction." BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 *****
"[von Otter] presents a deeply sympathetic character...[Gens's] Iphigenia is equally touching and just as beautifully sung...one or two [production] oddities are far outweighed by the intensity that Pierre Audi secures from his team. Minkowski conducts superbly." Gramophone Magazine DVD of the Month, May 2013