Review: English Touring Opera shines in Iphigenie en Tauride

This wonderful production of Gluck's masterpiece at Sheffield Lyceum was greatly appreciated by the audience.

Iphigenie en Tauride is famous for its expression of emotion in music and the range of emotion in this Greek tragedy is vast: from brutality, horror, guilt and loss to love of homeland, family and partner.

The interplay between the voices and the orchestra is complex and deeply moving and English Touring Opera conveyed this very well.

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The set and costumes were plain but appropriate for an opera where all the action is in the music.

The soloists were of a uniformly high standard. Ania Jeruc was excellent in the lead role of Iphigenie. If we had not been told, no-one would have guessed

that she had stepped into the role at short notice due to Catherine Carby’s illness.

The female chorus sang and acted very well. Grant Doyle and John-Colyn Gyeantey were impressive as Orestes and Plyades.

The ETO tour brings this production to Buxton Opera House on Friday, April 22.