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Campaign Launched for Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding’s Iphigenia

Indiegogo campaign to support the creation of new opera based on Euripides tragedy

Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter

An Indiegogo fundraising campaign was recently launched to support the production of Iphigenia, an opera with music by Wayne Shorter and a libretto by Esperanza Spalding. The opera, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, with consultation by the legendary architect and scenic designer Frank Gehry, is scheduled to premiere in the fall of 2021, with tour performances to follow.

The opera, which Shorter and Spalding have been working on for several years, takes its inspiration from the final existing tragedy by ancient Greek playwright Euripides, Iphigenia at Aulis. The play recounts the mythical sacrifice of Agamemnon’s daughter Iphigenia to the goddess Artemis in hope that the Greek general’s troops will thereby gain the goddess’ favor in the Trojan War. According to a press release received by JazzTimes, “Real Magic, a company formed by Spalding and Iphigenia’s executive creative producer Jeff Tang, has worked in partnership with producer Cath Brittan and with Mara Isaacs of Octopus Theatricals, along with the support of several co-commissioning partners, to develop Iphigenia independently in an environment of radical experimentation and open collaboration, free from commercial expectations.” 

Contributions to the campaign enable donors to “stay connected to the project through backer perks, including access to virtual opportunities such as the final musical workshop and a Q & A with the creative team, as well as tickets to the world premiere and after-party.” All donations are tax-deductible and will be matched up to $50,000, courtesy of a contribution from Thomas M. Neff.

Information about the opera and the campaign can be found here.