Premiere Dates for Shorter & spalding’s ‘Iphigenia’ Announced

By Nicolas Quiroga

Dates for composer Wayne Shorter and librettist / performer esperanza spalding’s “Iphigenia” have been announced.

The opera, which will be directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz and conducted by Clark RUndell with set designs by Frank Gehry, costumes by Montana Levi Blanco, lighting by Jen Schriever, and sound by Mark Gray, will make its world premiere this November at ArtsEmerson in Boston on Nov. 12 and 13. The work will then travel to Washington D.C. for performances at the Kennedy Center on Dec. 10 and 11 before heading to Cal Performances in Berkeley on Feb. 12. Performances at The Broad Stage in Los Angeles, California are scheduled for Feb. 17-19, 2022.

The tour will be preceded by a “final tech residency” with preview performances at MASS MoCA. Additionally, Karen Slack will host a virtual fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. That event will include a conversation with Shorter, spalding, and Gehry, moderated by Renée Fleming.

The opera will include nine vocalists, including spalding, as well as a 10-person chorus and chamber orchestra.

“Our ‘Iphigenia’ is an adventure of life. Through your example we can learn to take a creative approach to everything, using the power of spontaneous engagement. The general feeling is one of humanistic love, of wanting to reawaken the dreams of youth, free from the pressures of adulthood, “said spalding in a press release.

The work is a co-commission by Cal Performances, the Kennedy Center, the Broad Stage, ArtsEmerson, Carolina Performing Arts, and MASS MoCA.