vengeance is hers
Greek tragedy and opera are a match made in musical heaven, what with opera's ability to parlay the drama, anguish, and passion with soaring arias and more. Experience this seamless marriage of story and music in this famed production of Richard Strauss's thrilling opera from Sir David McVicar and John Macfarlane with rising star Marjorie Owens in the titular role of bloody-minded heroine!
What is the story?
Hell hath no fury as a woman scorned, and in this case, the epithet perfectly suits Elektra, daughter of King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra. A tale of blood begetting blood, this harrowing opera is foreshadowed by the return of the King from war after turning the tide in his favor by sacrificing his youngest daughter Iphigenia. Out for vengeance, Clytemnestra butchers her husband with the help of her lover, and this, in turn, does not sit well with Elektra, who vows to make her mother pay, continuing the rapidly descending spiral of the house of Aeschylus.