Juliette Galstian (Iphigenie), Rodney Gilfrey (Oreste), Deon Van Der Walt (Pylades), Anton Scharinger (Thoas) & Martina Janková (Goddess Diana)
Orchestra « La Scintilla » of The Zurich Opera House (on historical instruments), William Christie (conductor) & Claus Guth (stage director)
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Stage & Costumes by CHRISTIAN SCHMIDT
Gluck‘s wonderful but neglected 1774 opera, inspired by the Greek legend, is treated with forceful and convincing simplicity in Klaus Guth‘s revolutionary production staged in at the Opernhaus Zürich.
The psychological drama in a tense atmosphere of fears and traumas is underlined by Guth‘s use of huge masks and enclosed spaces. As Guth himself puts it: “I have often used such a system of masked figures to give visual expression to the inner psychological state of the individuals concerned.“ “When we look on what he (Gluck) was trying to reform, it means simplicity. It means essentially getting rid of things“, explains conductor William Christie. His typically transparent but never cold orchestral sound perfectly matches the descriptive elements in Gluck’s score, while the cast gives a winning and deeply-felt performance of the tragedy.
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.0, DTS 5.0
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC
Subtitle Languages: FR (Original Language), GB, DE, ES, JP
Running Time: 108 mins
“[Christie seems to do just about everything right...Tempos are well chosen, the playing of the orchestra first class and he exposes both the dramatic and epic qualities of the score...[Galstian] is fabulously good: charismatic, a warm expressive voice and a deep insight into the character’s predicament. Rodney Gilfry’s Oreste is also outstanding: a superb actor with a great voice that can express a myriad feelings.”
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