Sung in German with projected English translation
Appropriate for all ages
1 hour and 41 minutes
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
Margaret Alkek Williams Chair
|Revival Director||Nick Sandys|
|Set & Costume Designer||John Macfarlane|
|Original Lighting Designer||Jennifer Tipton|
|Resilience Theater Lighting Designer||Michael James Clark|
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair
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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.