Behind the Curtain: Elektra

Friday, October 11, 5:30pm – Germanic-American Institute

Join us for a special evening of all things German. In partnership with the Germanic-American Institute and the Richard Wagner Society of the Upper Midwest, Minnesota Opera is presenting a Behind the Curtain event that will feature a moderated conversation with Dale Johnson and Maestro Elias Grandy, and performance of Elektra’s monologue by our cast for Elektra, Alexandra Loutsion. The event will have a cocktail hour and appetizers catered by German restaurant Black Forest Inn. Don’t miss this special behind-the-curtain experience!

Following the program, the Richard Wagner Society of the Upper Midwest invites you to stay for a talk by musicologist Daniel Freeman on Wagner’s influence on the compositions of Richard Strauss. Coffee and dessert will be served.

Tickets to this event are $30 and can be purchased by clicking the link below or calling MN Opera Patron Services at 612-333-6669, M-F, 10am-5pm. Purchase a ticket to Elektra at the same time and get 20% off!



Richard Strauss as the “Second Richard”: Notes on Imitation and Innovation with Respect to the Wagnerian Legacy. Richard Strauss is sometimes dismissed as too much of an imitator of Richard Wagner in his operatic works, when in fact he exhibited a considerable amount of innovation and independence in the works that are best known to operatic audiences today. While respectful of many important musical and dramatic techniques pioneered in Richard Wagner’s music dramas, Strauss also experimented considerably with settings, story lines, and musical style to define a strikingly personal approach to operatic composition that still resonates with audiences around the world.

Event Details


5:30pm – Cocktail Hour with Appetizers
6:00pm – Program with Dale Johnson and Maestro Elias Grandy, hosted by MPR
6:30pm – Musical performance by Alexandra Loutsion
7:00pm – Intermission
7:15pm – Coffee, Dessert, and Lecture with Wagner Society
8:30pm – Event concludes


Germanic-American Institute
301 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102

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