By Richard Strauss
- Language - Sung in German with projected English translations
- Running Time - 1 hour, 40 minutes with no intermission
There’s no operatic tour de force to surpass Elektra, with a title role that demands a truly great singing actress.
It’s a stunning vocal marathon, with riveting intensity. You owe it to yourself to experience the vocal grandeur and blazing drama of this passionate heroine. She’s the Mycenaean princess whose father, Agamemnon, was murdered by her mother, Klytemnestra, leaving Elektra hell-bent on revenge. As Richard Strauss’s staggeringly powerful orchestra moves inexorably toward the opera’s hair-raising finale, the music gives you a composer at his zenith—magnificently theatrical and devastatingly moving.
by Richard Strauss
"Sie fahren dahin wie die Schaerfe des Schwerts"
The Trojan War began after Helen, sister-in-law of Mycenae’s King Agamemnon, eloped with Paris, Prince of Troy. Agamemnon, commander of the Greek forces, set off to reclaim Helen, sacrificing his daughter Iphigenia to ensure favorable winds for the journey. His traumatized wife Klytämnestra sought comfort in the arms of Agamemnon’s nephew, Aegisth (himself a child of incest). When Agamemnon returned, Klytämnestra and Aegisth murdered him and usurped his throne, to the horror and despair of Elektra, daughter of Klytämnestra and Agamemnon. Elektra was able to ensure that her brother Orest was sent away to safety before his mother and her lover could harm him.
Go inside this production of Elektra with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.
Meet The Artists
Elza van den Heever
Lauren Decker ‡
Ann Toomey ‡
Whitney Morrison ‡
Emily Pogorelc ‡
Eric Ferring ‡
Sir David McVicar
* Lyric Opera debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumni
‡ Current Member, Ryan Opera Center
JULIE AND ROGER BASKES
SYLVIA NEIL AND DANIEL FISCHEL