.. Hopefully this brilliant new production
of Iphigénie en Tauride from the Grand Théâtre de Genève will find its way to the new world ...the new Geneva production hits the nerve center of the opera by listening to the music.
The production hears its solemnity, participates in its individual dramas, and illustrates its pantomimes — there is not a single second when the stage action departs from the absolute directness of the storytelling. The Gluck genius was to make music drama, and it was pure in Geneva. ... The proceedings were presided over by Dresden born conductor Hartmut Haenchen, who magnificently managed the score
, integrating its orchestral, choral, balletic and solo voices into the tragedia messa in musica that Gluck imagined
. It must be said that one did not hear the orchestra separately from seeing the stage. Gesamtkunstwerk indeed.
Michael MilenskiGanze Rezension