It seems like only yesterday that the Byre Opera (formerly St Andrews Opera) performances of Albert Herring were in full swing; however it’s already a new year and there’s a new opera in store – Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride!
The production, directed by Dr. Jane Pettegree and musically-directed by Michael Downes, will be performed using a specially-commissioned English translation, co-ordinated by Dr. Julia Prest of the University of St Andrews French Department; the orchestra will feature Arts Eloquentiae and the Fitzwilliam String Quartet.
I’m incredibly excited for the production and am enjoying putting the translation into practice. Seeing how the English has been adapted to the highly-classicised French libretto is fascinating – and just goes to show how much thought has been given to the needs of both singers and orchestra. I am particularly hooked on Iphigenie’s act IV aria “Je t’implore et je tremble/I implore you great goddess” at the moment – however my favourite sections only seem to increase in number from week to week!
Performances take place in the Byre Theatre, St Andrews on June 15, 17 and 18 at 7PM and tickets can be purchased via the following link: http://byretheatre.com/events/iphigenie-in-tauris-christoph-willibald-gluck/. If you are in the St Andrews area, please do come along!