Monday, May 26, 2008

Washington National Opera's Elektra at the Kennedy Center

This production is a revival of Elektra at the WNO. I can't imagine why they brought it back because it is beyond understanding, BUT Strauss' opera itself is fierce. The sopranos Susan Bullock and Christine Goerke and the mezzo Irina Mishura were nothing less than a dream. Christine arguably has the biggest soprano voice in the world and it is beautiful. We'll have Christine as the Foreign Princess in Rusalka at the Met next season. Watch out for her to rattle the gold rafters. I'm not kidding. Susan Bullock was unbelievable as Elektra. This one was Sally's choice, it being one of her favorites. I don't blame her. I wouldn't mind hearing this one over and over, especially if it included this cast. It was also our first opera at the WNO - her first outside of New York.

Performers
Elektra Susan Bullock
Chrysothemis Christine Goerke
Klytemnästra Irina Mishura
Orest Daniel Sumegi†
Aegisth Alan Woodrow
Tutor Robert Cantrell
Overseer Vivian Tierney
Klytemnästra's Trainbearer Alia Waheed
Klytemnästra's Confidante Lisa Eden
Young Servant Yingxi Zhang
Old Servant David B. Morris
Maidservants Aundi Marie Moore
Elizabeth Andrews Roberts
Magdalena Wór
Claudia Huckle
Yvette Smith
Conductor Heinz Fricke
Director David Kneuss
Set and Costume Design Robert Israel
Lighting Design Mimi Jordan Sherin








1 comment:

Jiva Tsamba said...

SB, you are the Master of Audience Appreciation. I'd like to know how many videos you have made of the cast taking their bows, total shows. Really!