Met Opera: Iphigénie En Tauride

Met Opera: Iphigénie En Tauride

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 1:00pm

The Met Opera presents Iphigénie En Tauride.

Susan Graham, Plácido Domingo, and Paul Groves reprise their starring roles in Gluck’s masterful interpretation of the Greek myth, Iphigénie En Tauride – a Met Opera presentation, airing on Classical 91.5/FM-HD 91.5-1 on Saturday, Febraury 26 at 1 p.m. It will also be simulcast as part of The Met: Live in HD, and can be seen at Regal Eastview 13, Regal Henrietta Cinema 18 and Cinemark Tinseltown USA. For more information about the theatre premiere, call the theatre directly.

Before the Trojan War, Agamemnon gathered the Greek armies at the port of Aulis. The goddess Diane sent unfavorable winds to prevent the Greeks from sailing. Her oracle set a condition for Agamemnon: to earn the right to sail forth and destroy an innocent country, he would have to sacrifice his own daughter. Agamemnon accepted these terms and killed his young daughter Iphigénie on the altar. In his play Iphigenia in Tauris Euripides imagines that Diane plucked Iphigénie from that altar and delivered her to a temple in distant Tauride, where Iphigénie began to serve the enemy Scythians as Diane’s high priestess—all the while Iphigénie’s family believing her dead.