by Kelly Bedard
I am by no means an opera expert. A working knowledge of classical music, a solid background in French, a decent understanding of Greek myth and a critical eye for good storytelling was what I had to cling to as I entertained the prospect of reviewing the Canadian Opera Company’s current production. What I found, however, was that opera expertise didn’t prove a dire necessity as director Robert Carsen teamed with designers Tobias Hoheisel and Peter Van Praet and choreographer Philippe Giraudeau to create a production that is far more balanced between sound, movement and set than most opera I’ve seen.
The onstage singers, on the other hand, are nothing short of wonderful.
Susan Graham’s brilliant dynamics and vocal control impress in the title role while poor Russell Braun was fighting a cold the night I saw his still-superb Orestes.
|photos by Michael Cooper|
The COC’s Iphigenia in Tauris is a beautiful modern realization of Gluck’s splendid opera that’s both thoughtful and emotionally potent- not to be missed.
Iphigenia in Tauris plays at The Four Seasons Centre in Toronto until October 15th.