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Elektra
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07:30 PM
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02:00 PM
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07:30 PM
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Language

Sung in German with projected English translation

Age

Appropriate for all ages

Running Time

TBD

Subject

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

 

Blood-soaked, horrifying, and perfect for the opera stage, Richard Strauss’s one-act tragedy Elektra crushes everything in its path for 100 gripping minutes.

 

This is the story the ancient Greek playwrights told so well, but on steroids, thanks to Strauss’s frenzied music. Elektra has only one thing on her mind: revenge for the death of her father. She can’t wait to dance triumphantly when the perpetrators—her own mother and her mother’s lover—get their just deserts, even if it kills her. 


Composer: R. Strauss

Cast and Creative Team

Elektra Christine Goerke
Chrysothemis Tamara Wilson
Klytaemnestra Michaela Martens
Orest Greer Grimsley
Aegisth Chad Shelton
Conductor Patrick Summers
Margaret Alkek Williams Chair
Production David McVicar
Revival Director Nick Sandys
Set & Costume Designer John Macfarlane
Lighting Designer Jennifer Tipton


Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair

After her father, King Agamemnon, is murdered, Elektra awaits the return of her exiled brother, Orest, who will help her take revenge on the killers—their mother, Klytaemnestra, and her lover, Aegisth. When news arrives that Orest is dead, Elektra tries unsuccessfully to persuade her sister, Chrysothemis, to help her.

Realizing that she must act alone, Elektra searches for the axe that was used to kill Agamemnon but is interrupted by a strange man whom she eventually recognizes as Orest. Overjoyed that he is still alive, Elektra tells him of her prolonged, anguished wait for revenge. He is ready to carry it out. As Elektra waits outside, Orest enters the palace, and soon Elektra hears the screams of Klytaemnestra.

Aegisth appears in the courtyard, demanding that someone bring a torch so that he can find his way inside. Elektra is only too glad to lead him into the palace to his death. Her mission completed, Elektra dances in demented ecstasy until suddenly she collapses, dead.

 

The performance lasts approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. There is no intermission.

CAST

Tamara Wilson
Chrysothemis
Michaela Martens
Klytaemnestra
Greer Grimsley
Orest
Chad Shelton
Aegisth
Julie Makerov
Overseer
Kathryn Day
First Maidservant
Second Maidservant
Third Maidservant
Jennifer Root
Fourth Maidservant
Jennifer Check
Fifth Maidservant
Tutor/Old Servant
Young Servant
Confidante

CREATIVE TEAM

Patrick Summers
Conductor
David McVicar
Production
Nick Sandys
Revival Director
John MacFarlane
Set and Costume Designer
Jennifer Tipton
Lighting Designer
Richard Bado
Chorus Master

* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist
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