Internationally acclaimed Swedish soprano Nina Stemme in the title role
and world-renowned Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles on the podium
at Lyric Opera of Chicago
February 2-22, 2019
Lyric Opera of Chicago’s riveting Sir David McVicar production of Richard Strauss’s Elektra opens Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 pm, with performances through Feb. 22 at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago. Tickets start at $37 and are available now at lyricopera.org/Elektra or by calling 312-827-5600.
In just 100 minutes Elektra tells the harrowing story of the outcast princess obsessed with avenging the murder of her father, King Agamemnon, at the hands of her mother Klytämnestra and her mother’s lover Aegisth, who’s claimed the throne. The intense, densely orchestrated score drives the tense drama to its shocking conclusion in true edge-of-your-seat cinematic thriller style.
Elektra is performed in German with projected English translations.
The extraordinary soprano Nina Stemme (winner of the prestigious 2018 Birgit Nilsson Prize) will make her long-awaited Lyric debut in her exceptionally challenging signature role. Acclaimed South African soprano Elza van den Heever portrays Elektra’s conflicted sister Chrysothemis, and American mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens takes on the fearsome role of the emotionally tortured Klytämnestra, one of her many Strauss roles. Scottish bass-baritone Iain Paterson portrays long-lost brother Orest, and American tenor Robert Brubacker plays the creepy murderous usurper Aegisth (the latter two are making Lyric debuts).
The internationally heralded conductor Donald Runnicles conducts the Lyric Opera Orchestra, whose forces are expanded to meet the incredible demands of Strauss’s score. The production originally staged by Sir David McVicar to open Lyric’s 2012/13 season is designed by John Mac Farlane, with lighting by Jennifer Tipton. Nick Sandys makes his Lyric debut as revival director, having served as fight choreographer in several Lyric productions.
Performance dates for Elektra are February 10, 14, 18, and 22.
Performance times vary. For tickets and information call
(312) 827-5600 or go to lyricopera.org/Elektra.