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Iphigenia in Tauris opens tonight, and we're lucky to be featuring the singer whom conductor Pablo Heras-Casado called "the Iphigenia of this decade:" Susan Graham.
The Globe and Mail spoke to Susan Graham, and she discusses her perspective on the character of Iphigenia:
“I’ve talked with Robert [Carsen] a lot about this” – this is their fourth revival together since the production debuted in Chicago in 2006 – “and our assumption is that Iphigénie is a classic case of arrested development,” Graham says. “She was ripped from her father, from her mother and brother, and there’s a certain amount of naïveté and trauma there. Many years later, she’s a grown woman, but with the sheltered sensibility of a young girl.” [read the full interview]
NOW Magazine also has a Q&A with our star, in which she reveals her favourite trouser role.
In this interview with the Toronto Sun, she likens singing Iphigenia to therapy: “I love this opera. I enjoy playing the depths of these traumatized characters. It’s a great opportunity to dig deep. It’s cheaper than an analyst’s couch, and a lot more fun.”
Emerging Art Productions has a blog preview of Iphigenia in Tauris! Go check it out.
Also, we have new photos of the production! Take a look at them on Facebook or flickr.
Susan Graham (centre) as Iphigenia in a scene from the Lyric Opera of Chicago production. Photo: Robert Kusel © 2006
[View the story "Iphigenia in Tauris: Tweets from Behind-the-Scenes" on Storify]
Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001