The Met: Live in HD presents Iphigénie en Tauride at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts February 26


IphigenieThe Met: Live in HD presents Gluck's "Iphigénie en Tauride" with Susan Graham and Plácido Domingo on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 1:00 p.m. There is limited ticket availability for this performance. The encore performance, for which tickets are currently available, is at 6 p.m. There is reserved seating and tickets are $22 general, $20 seniors and $15 children and students. The Met: Live in HD is an Arts & Minds presentation.

Graham and Domingo reprise their starring roles in Gluck's nuanced and elegant interpretation of this primal Greek myth. Tenor Paul Groves also returns to Stephen Wadsworth's insightful production, first seen in 2007. Featured in the cast is Gordon Hawkins and Patrick Summers conducts.

Before the Trojan War, Agamemnon gathered the Greek armies at the port of Aulis. The goddess Diane sent unfavorable winds to prevent the Greeks from sailing. Her oracle set a condition for Agamemnon: to earn the right to sail forth and destroy an innocent country, he would have to sacrifice his own daughter. Agamemnon accepted these terms and killed his young daughter Iphigénie on the altar. In his play "Iphigenia in Tauris," Euripides imagines that Diane plucked Iphigénie from that altar and delivered her to a temple in distant Tauride, where Iphigénie began to serve the enemy Scythians as Diane's high priestess - all the while Iphigénie's family believing her dead.

Tickets are available at fairfield.edu/quick or by calling the Box Office at (203) 254-4010. The toll free number is 1-877-ARTS-396. Special offers and discounts are available through the Quick Center's e-mail list. Join, by contacting boxoffice@quickcenter.com. Become a fan of the Quick Center for the Arts on Facebook and keep up-to-date with the latest performance news, plus special offers and discounts. Find the Quick Center at www.facebook.com/FairfieldQuickCenter.

Approximate running time is 2 hours, 45 minutes

Directions: Fairfield University is located off I-95, exit 22 at 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. Access to the Quick Center for the Arts is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Special note: From Oct. 4, 2010 through June 30, 2012, the southern end of North Benson Road (Rt. 135) will be closed to traffic on nights and weekends. Round Hill Road intersects with Barlow and provides access to the Quick Center for the Arts.

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Media Contact: Joan Grant, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, jgrant@fairfield.edu

Posted on February 4, 2011

Vol. 43, No. 189