Elektra

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.

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This production of Elektra was presented at Lyric February 2 – 22, 2019. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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Elektra

by Richard Strauss

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Elektra

by Richard Strauss

commentary by Nicholas Ivor Martin, Director of Operations and Special Initiatives
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Elektra Synopsis

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.

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Meet The Artists

Nina Stemme*

Elektra

Elza van den Heever

Chrysothemis

Michaela Martens

Klytämnestra

Iain Paterson*

Orest

Robert Brubaker*

Aegisth

Philip Horst

Orest's Tutor

Susan Foster

Overseer

Lauren Decker ‡

1st Maid

Mary Phillips

2nd Maid

Krysty Swann

3rd Maid

Alexandra LoBianco

4th Maid

Ann Toomey ‡

5th Maid

Whitney Morrison ‡

Confidante

Emily Pogorelc ‡

Trainbearer

Eric Ferring ‡

Young Servant

Donald Runnicles*

Conductor

Sir David McVicar

Original Director

Nick Sandys*

Revival Director

John Macfarlane

Designer

Jennifer Tipton

Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

* Lyric Opera debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumni
‡ Current Member, Ryan Opera Center

Production Sponsors

JULIE AND ROGER BASKES
SYLVIA NEIL AND DANIEL FISCHEL
MAZZA FOUNDATION

Exelon

Lyric Opera production.

Photo: Cory Weaver