Her life became a myth. Now, hear her truth.
WORLD PREMIERE. Iphigenia was born to be sacrificed – or so the Greek myth would have us believe. But what if she contests her fate? What if the winds don’t blow and the sails hang limp in the sea air? Staring down the history of opera, Iphigenia makes some demands on its future: no more tragic women singing through suicide and going mad in perfect pitch and no more spectacles of women dead and dying. With music by jazz legend Wayne Shorter, libretto by multi-GRAMMY® winning musician esperanza spalding, scenic design by famed architect Frank Gehry, and direction by the acclaimed Lileana Blain-Cruz, Iphigenia disrupts the traditional tale of the sacrificial daughter of Greece in a work that envelopes the classical with the contemporary.
Cutler Majestic Theatre
219 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
Nov 12, 2021 - Nov 13, 2021
We understand that certain types of content could trigger past traumatic experiences for some viewers. Please be aware that this production contains scenes of violence against women.
“We’re stepping boldly into the future, and artists are going to lead the way.”
— Director Lileana Blain-Cruz, Los Angeles Times
“Buzzing through his sprawling work space, the architect [Gehry] said he has now reached a point in his career where he has the luxury of focusing on what matters to him most: projects that promote social justice.”
— The New York Times
“As a director, [Blain-Cruz] is unusually perceptive, collaborative, and passionate.”
— American Theatre Magazine
“Wayne Shorter is one of the few jazz musicians who can without a doubt be called a living legend.”
“In the years since her breakout GRAMMY win for Best New Artist in 2011, esperanza spalding has emerged as a vessel for boundless creativity and experimentalism.”