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Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: Elektra

A quick intro to Richard Strauss’s visceral drama, Saturday’s noon Met Opera broadcast.



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Elektra, Vienna State Opera 2015

In this OCS, Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra discuss Richard Strauss's telling of the story of the children of King Agamemnon who are hell bent on seeking revenge on their mother, Klytemnestra, for her cold-blooded killing of their father. Based on the Sophocles play of the same name, Elektra is a powerful drama in which so many of the characters seem always on the verge of madness.

Tune in Saturday, April 30th at noon to hear the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Elektra featuring soprano Nina Stemme singing the title role.