Saturday, April 30, 2016

Absolutely stunning drama and singing

Live from the Met in HD - "Elektra" by R. Strauss.

The story is that of Elektra, daughter of King Agamemnon of ancient Greece.  Her father has been murdered and her mother is shacked up with  a man who (I believe) is the murderer.  Elektra and her sister are either under house arrest or in prison.  And, she is going quite noisily mad.

Two hours and ten minutes (no intermission) of non-stop drama and some really dramatic singing.

Drab sets and costumes, but who cares?  Nina Stemme as "Elektra" is a superb singer and a great actress, as the following photos show.  

These productions are seen live from NY in theaters all over the world, and are not to be missed.




Nina Stemme will open next seasons series singing one of the title roles in Tristan and Isolde, and we're already looking forward to it.

Earlier this season, we saw her in the title role of Turandot, and she was greeat.

In the following picture, Stemme looks a bit better as herself: