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R. STRAUSS’ UNRELENTING PSYCHODRAMA ELEKTRA SET TO GRIP COC AUDIENCES THIS WINTERBy Public RelationsRead the PDF version here.Posted In Press Releases
Toronto – Richard Strauss’ twisted psychodrama, Elektra, returns to the COC stage with commanding star soprano Christine Goerke in the title role. Rooted in classic Greek tragedy, the one-act opera is an expressionist take on the ultimate tale of family dysfunction: Elektra’s lust to avenge her father’s murder at the hands of her mother and her mother’s lover. Fury and obsession spiral into horrific consequence as Elektra careens down a path of total destruction, all set to an unrelenting modern score. Elektra runs for seven performances on January 26, 31, February 6, 10, 12, 16, 22, 2019.
American director James Robinson (The Elixir of Love, 2017; Nixon in China, 2011) revives this bloody saga, last presented at the COC in 2007. Set designer Derek McLane’s work on the production earned him a Dora Mavor Moore Award for the stark aesthetic that mirrors characters’ raw emotions and impulses. Costume designer Anita Stewart and lighting designer Mimi Jordan Sherin add to the nightmarish world onstage with lurid colours and design elements influenced by the art of Francis Bacon, Edvard Munch and Robert Motherwell.
Central to the cast is the incomparable Christine Goerke who shook the Metropolitan Opera with “the thrilling power of her voice” (New York Times) as their Elektra last season. Canadian soprano Erin Wall is Elektra’s sister, Chrysothemis; she returns to the COC after a “sublime” (Chicago Tribune) performance in Idomeneo. British dramatic soprano Susan Bullock brings her “formidable focus and power” (Financial Times) to the role of Elektra’s conniving mother, Klytämnestra, while German bass Wilhelm Schwinghammer makes his COC debut as her brother, Orest. Canadian tenor Michael Schade rounds out the cast, bringing his “crystal-clean intonation” and “even, forward-placed legato” (OperaWire) to Klytämnestra’s lover – and conspirator – Aegisth.
Strauss’ frenetically charged score forms the backbone of the opera, pressing the action forward to its grisly end and COC Music Director Johannes Debus leads the COC Orchestra in rising to the challenge. All performances of Elektra feature the COC Chorus, led by Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst.
Elektra is sung in German and presented by the COC with English SURTITLES™.
CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
The Confidante of Klytämnestra
The Trainbearer of Klytämnestra
A Young Servant
An Old Servant
The Tutor of Orest
Omer Ben Seadia
Mimi Jordan Sherin
Price Family Chorus Master
Single tickets for Elektra range from $35 – $250 with Grand Ring seats available at $290 and $350. Tickets are on sale now, available online at coc.ca, by calling 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office (145 Queen St. W.). For more information on specially priced tickets available to young people under the age of 15, standing room, Opera Under 30, student groups and rush seating, visit coc.ca.
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ABOUT THE CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY
Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006. For more information on the COC, visit coc.ca.
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