One evening, after the curtain comes down on Iphigénie, I’m backstage with Gockley and his girlfriend, Linda Kemper, a nutritionist. I say I was knocked out by the intensely grim opera, with its stark stage and ghostly dancers dressed in black.
“Between you and me, it’s hard for me to empathize with these characters,” says Gockley. “But I respect it, if I can’t love it. It’s so dark and so symbolic that I’m not getting the deep resonance of what it’s supposed to mean to me.”
—Kevin Berger, "A knight at the opera," San Francisco magazine, 9/07
Oh well, too bad Iphigénie was only the most creative and engaging production of the past couple of seasons, from my humble vantage point. At least we'll get some more Tannhäusers to amuse ourselves with.
Vingt Regards: I. Strange Bedfellows