The second opera of the 2015-16 season for Opera de Montréal is just around the corner. It will be the first time the company puts on Strauss’s Electra. Elektra is based on a tragedy by Sophocles and features a libretto written by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Anyone who has seen this psychological drama has not been left unaffected.
As if a Strauss opera isn’t enough there are also two added bonuses for those attending. First, is the return to working with the OdM for Quebec and internationally recognized conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Local opera fans have been holding their collective breaths waiting for this moment. The second treat is that this opera will be the first collaboration between Spain and the OdM. It will take the form of the set being constructed by renowned Spanish scultptor Victor Ochoa.
Agamemnon has died and his mourning daughter Elektra cries every evening. Her father was murdered by his wife Klytaemnestra and her lover Aegisth. Elektra is obsessed with his death and dreams of avenging it. To pull this off she gets her exiled brother Orest’s help. More family drama occurs when her sister Chrysothemis arrives and says that their mother and her boyfriend are threatening to lock her up in a tower. Meanwhile, Klytaemnestra is being driven to the edge by dreams and is advised by Elektra that the only way to stop them is to be killed by Orest. Chrysothemis comes to Elektra to tell her two strangers have brought the news that Orest is dead. Elektra forges on alone with her quest for revenge. You know with a dysfunctional family like this that this is not where the story is going to end. Expect more twists and turns.
Another twist with the opera is that it is a one act opera (1 hour 40 minutes) and features no intermissions.
-Dates: November 21, 24, 26, 28, 2015
-Venue: Salle Wilfrid Pelletier – Place des Arts
-Ticket Purchase: www.operademontreal.com
-Ticket Prices: $21.65. $49.24, $73.35, $97.66, $110.57, $121.18, $136.02 (plus handling charges)
-Opera Time: 7:30 p.m.