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Metropolitan Opera: Elektra

Closed March 23, 2018


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Why See Metropolitan Opera: Elektra?


When King Agamemnon is murdered by his devious wife Klytamnestra and her lover, his daughter Elektra vows bloodthirsty revenge in this highly charged tale of brutal violence and vengeful madness from Richard Strauss in collaboration with Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

Premiering in 1909, Elektra is Strass' masterpiece, a juggernaut of opera that shocks and explores the human capacity for loathing and murderous action. Soprano Christine Goerke stars as titular character at the Met for the first time, in Patrice Chereau's captivating production that returns after debuting last spring. Don't miss this chilling horror story that will send shivers down your spine long after you've left the auditorium!

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Opening night: 1 March 2018


Sung in German with titles in English, German and Spanish

Run time

1 hour and 44 minutes

Cast and Creative


Christine Goerke As Elektra
Elza Van Den Heever As Chrysothemis (Mar 1,5,9,12,17)
Allison Oakes As Chrysothemis (Mar 23)
Michaela Schuster As Klytamnestra
Jay Hunter Morris As Aegisth
Mikhail Petrenko As Orest (Mar 1,5,12,17,23)
Dwayne Croft As Orest (Mar 9)


Composed by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Conducted by Yannick Nezet-seguin (Mar 1,5,9,12,17)
Conducted by Paul Nadler (Mar 23)
Production by Patrice Chereau
Stage Direction by Vincent Huguet
Set Design by Richard Peduzzi
Costume Design by Caroline de Vivaise
Lighting Design by Dominique Bruguière

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