Met Opera: Elektra
Christine Goerke as Elektra and Mikhail Petrenko as Orest in Strauss' "Elektra." Photo: Karen Almond | Met Opera
by Richard Strauss
Christine Goerke sings her first Elektra, an intense and still-startling work that unites the commanding impact of Greek tragedy with the unsettling insights of early-20th-century Freudian psychology. Based on Sophocles’s Electra, the story takes place in Mycenae, Greece, some years after the end of the Trojan War; the Met’s production is set in an unspecified contemporary space.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Strauss’s shattering score, a tour de force for the singers and the orchestra alike. (Nézet-Séguin will become the Met Opera's next Music Director beginning September 2018, two seasons earlier than previously announced.)
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Elektra: Christine Goerke
Chrysothemis: Elza van den Heever
Klytämnestra: Michaela Schuster
Aegisth: Jay Hunter Morris
Orest: Mikhail Petrenko
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Start time: 10:00 AM on Capital Public Radio.
Approximate running time 1 hrs 44 min