Elektra

October 5-13

Music by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

The Brink of Madness

Strauss’ opera Elektra, based on the famous tragedy about a princess hell-bent on revenge, is as intense and gripping as opera gets. Reimagined on the set of a 1920s German film studio, an actress’ mental state unravels as she slowly believes herself to be the real Elektra of ancient Greece, her quest for the perfect performance quickly igniting an authentic lust for blood. This scorching drama unfolds in a single act of rare vocal and orchestral power that aims straight for the jugular.

Language

Performed in German with English translations projected above the stage.

Runtime

Approximately one hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.

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Synopsis

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Prologue

King Agamemnon sacrifices his daughter, Iphigenia, before he sets out to Troy to wage war. His wife, Klytämnestra, grows in hatred of him and is determined to kill him upon his return…

Elektra Costume Renderings

© Mathew LeFebvre
© Mathew LeFebvre

Elektra Costume Renderings

© Mathew LeFebvre
© Mathew LeFebvre

Elektra Costume Renderings

© Mathew LeFebvre
© Mathew LeFebvre

Elektra Costume Renderings

© Mathew LeFebvre
© Mathew LeFebvre

Elektra Costume Renderings

© Mathew LeFebvre
© Mathew LeFebvre

Elektra Costume Renderings

© Mathew LeFebvre
© Mathew LeFebvre

Director's Notes

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By Brian Staufenbiel

A world in flux, brimming with the threat of violence. People traumatized by war and death, pushed to the brink of madness. These are some of the key elements in Richard Strauss’s Elektra.

Composer Biography

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Richard Strauss

Known informally as the “other Richard” or the “other Strauss,” Richard Strauss rose to become the most important composer of German opera in the early 20th century.

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Sabine Hogrefe & Alexandra Loutsion

Elektra is one of the most intense and challenging roles in the entire repertoire, and it takes an especially powerful singer to bring her epic quest for vengeance to life.

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