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Dates:Friday, November 12, 2021 - Saturday, November 13, 2021
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Teens, Adults
Cost:$$$ see below
Category:Theater & Shows
ArtsEmerson, Boston’s leading presenter of contemporary world theater and film is excited to gather audiences once again in a physical theatre following a gap of 20 months with the World Premiere of Iphigenia.

This premiere piece disrupts the traditional tale of the sacrificial daughter of Greece in a work that envelopes the classical with the contemporary with three performances only November 12 – 13, 2021 at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, presented in association with New England Conservatory.

Two of the most visionary and daring musical voices of our time – composer Wayne Shorter and librettist and performer esperanza spalding – have created a modern operatic re-imagining of a powerful ancient story.

The production is directed by Obie Award winner Lileana Blain-Cruz, and conducted by Clark Rundell, with scenic design by Frank Gehry — a longtime friend and creative collaborator of Shorter and spalding’s.

Shorter and spalding’s Iphigenia, unlike its forebears, is not an adaptation of the Greek myth as much as it is an intervention into myth-making itself, and into music and opera as we know it.

Classical and jazz forms collide in a full orchestral score that features Shorter’s groundbreaking method of symphonic improvisation.

spalding’s libretto is deeply poetic and then suddenly radical - Iphigenia is multiplied, her identity is fractured and shared until the stage is occupied by a chorus of her.

Iphigenia stares down the history of opera and makes some demands on its future: No more tragic women singing through suicide and going mad in perfect pitch.

No more spectacles of women dead and dying. In the end, Shorter and spalding turn their gaze outward beyond the stage: What will we make, they ask, at this precise moment in our collective present when we are so desperately in need of new visions for the world?

Tickets for Iphigenia may be purchased 24/7 at, or by calling 617-824-8400 (Tue-Sat from 12:00PM ET - 6:00PM ET). The Paramount Center Box Office (559 Washington Street, Boston) is open for walk-up service Thu-Sat from Noon - 6:00 PM ET.

Tickets may also be purchased as part of an ArtsEmerson Season Package, featuring discounts up to 40% off. Groups of 10+ attending a performance save up to 30%.

Thanks to generous support from Rockland Trust, a limited number of $10 Mobile Rush tickets will be available at 10:00 AM ET each performance day on a first-come, first-served basis, exclusively through the TodayTix mobile app.

For more information, please click on “General Public'' when you visit ArtsEmerson’s Offers web page.

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Friday, Nov 12, 2021 8:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 13, 2021 2:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 13, 2021 8:00 PM

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