As their second performance in 2014, Pinchgut Opera performed Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride. This is a masterwork, rarely performed and understood, marking 300 years since Gluck’s birth. Iphigénie en Tauride draws all of Gluck’s opera reforms to their natural conclusion and a work of great power and beauty is the result.
Iphigénie en Tauride is Gluck's most dramatically involving work. It is about familial love and deep friendship, but the waters run deep, and noble aims of sacrifice, duty and protection are played out within the taut drama. Containing much of Gluck's best music; the title character was sung by Caitlin Hulcup who brought the title role of Griselda to us to great acclaim. We’d been looking for a role to bring her back to our audience, and she was a standout in the role of the priestess Iphigénie. Joining Caitlin was Australian baritone Grant Doyle, Brisbane tenor Christopher Saunders, Sydney mezzo Margaret Plummer and Sydney bass baritone Christopher Richardson.
Pinchgut assembled a wonderful team, the Orchestra of the Antipodes on period instruments and the acclaimed chorus Cantillation all under the baton of Co-Artistic Director and conductor Antony Walker. Artistic Director of Opera Queensland, Lindy Hume, together with set designer, Tony Assness, costume designer Alistair Trung, and lighting designer Matthew Marshall, teamed up to bring us a beautiful and moving production of this deeply-felt Greek tragedy.