May 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm EST | by Juliette Ebner
Out soprano in ‘Iphigenie’

The Washington National Opera will be performing Gluck’s “Iphigénie en Tauride” starring out soprano, Patricia Racette, at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) this weekend and through May 28.

“Iphigénie en Tauride” is about Iphigénie, saved by the goddess Diana then held captive to serve as her high priestess. She must decide if she will obey the King Thoas and sacrifice two strangers, including her brother Oreste.

Racette, a lesbian, last performed at WNO in “Peter Grimes” in 2009. She has also performed with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and the Santa Fe Opera.

Sunday’s performance will be followed by question-answer session with Christina Scheppelmann, WNO’s director of artistic operations and select cast members.

“Iphigénie en Tauride” is performed in French with English supertitles. Tickets range from $25 to $300.

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