From the International Herald Tribune:
Berlin operas: A grim myth and an abstruse fairy tale
By George Loomis
BERLIN: The curtain rises on a dead prisoner hung by his feet, swinging back and forth like a pendulum.
Later, other prisoners have their throats slit, while luckier ones are urinated on, burned by cigarette butts and subjected to indignities like those of the inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.
Welcome to Barrie Kosky‘s wrenching production of Gluck‘s 1779 Parisian opera “Iphigenia in Tauris” at the Komische Oper Berlin.