Elektra NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Intense, Great singing, Absorbing, Edgy, Entertaining

Soprano Nina Stemme returns to Strauss’s unhinged heroine, opposite soprano Lise Davidsen.

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706 Reviews | 200 Followers
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Disappointing

See it if you like serious, one act performances of a good family story with grand orchestration. Lise Davidsen and Greer Grimsley were excellent.

Don't see it if you expect the all principal singers to be as grand as the orchestra. Nina Stemme was replaced by Rebecca Nash. She and others barely heard.

601 Reviews | 88 Followers
Powerful drama, Intense, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see Richard Strauss's most powerful opera. It's very intense, filled with anger, revenge and hate. There is no humor.

Don't see it if you don't like unhappy operas with no humor or music that you can hum. Read more

253 Reviews | 32 Followers
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if brilliant singing by the principals, Minimalist staging , lack of action only slightly detract from the impact of the voices

Don't see it if not an easy story or vocal line. Gorgeous music but harsh and strident in the vocal part corresponding to the angst in the story

99 Reviews | 45 Followers
Edgy, Great orchestration, Great singing, Intense, Absorbing

See it if Powerful orchestra & performances by Nina Stemme & Lise Davidsen among others. A story of obsessive, relentless revenge, a minimalist set.

Don't see it if Looking for a comic opera. This isn't it. No lavish settings, or costumes.

67 Reviews | 6 Followers
Edgy, Excruciating, Intense, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you like Richard Strauss, short grand opera, great singers (especially Lise Davidsen), Greek tragedies, or have daddy issues.

Don't see it if you don’t like opera, relentless tragedies, stark portrayals of madness, or if you want more beautiful Strauss rather than just 1 interlude.

26 Reviews | 8 Followers
Resonant, Great staging, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see

See it if Show has minimal staging that enhances the acting, singing, and allows the fantastic score to fill the space. An intense revenge ride.

Don't see it if Aggression is heavy. If intense feelings is not your thing, this is not the story for you.

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
April 3rd, 2022

"This concept demands singers who can truly act. And Stemme rises to meet it, if not always in voice then in dramatic intensity...Davidsen, as Elektra’s sister Chrysothemis, gave her best performance at the Met this season...She and Stemme were supported throughout by a Met Orchestra in excellent form under the baton of Donald Runnicles, whose reading of the score was sensitively aligned with that of Chéreau...There were standouts elsewhere — Hei-Kyung Hong as an authoritative and rending Fifth Maid — but also lapses among the principals."
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The Observer
April 4th, 2022

"At its stark conclusion, the powerhouse diva-pairing of Nina Stemme and Lise Davidsen as the aggrieved daughters of murdered Agamemnon compelled the spellbound audience to unleash a resounding salvo of 'bravas!' Seconded by Sir Donald Runnicles’s urgent yet transparent conducting, the two sopranos in top form had Met fans reaching back decades for comparisons."
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April 3rd, 2022

"Richard Strauss's 'Elektra' is simply overwhelming--particularly when you have Nina Stemme and, especially, Lise Davidsen, as the title character and her sister Chrysothemis, ably abetted by Greer Grimsley as their brother, Orest, and an incredible supporting cast top to bottom...I would be lying if I didn't tell you that some new audiences find it too intense and go wild with enthusiasm while saying 'Never again.' It's that exhausting. Yet, under Donald Runnicles' baton, there was a sense of order and the orchestra gave us brilliant sound in return."
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New York Classical Review
April 2nd, 2022

"Although dissimilar in many ways, Stemme and Davidsen had a natural ease together on stage that made their sisterhood plausible...Patrice Chéreau’s well-traveled 'Elektra,' which was first seen at the Met in 2016 and revived in 2018, is straightforward, but impressive...The Met Orchestra sounded glorious, but it wasn’t all loud and terrifying. Runnicles injected lightness and brilliance into Strauss’s score whenever possible...Runnicles’ sense of pacing and balance were evident at all times. The latter, in particular, was key to presenting Davidsen to her best advantage. She wasn’t alone, however, in enjoying a ride on the scintillating carpet of sound that Runnicles so expertly summoned from the Met Orchestra."
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April 13th, 2022

"The staging for this production was in perfect harmony with the reinterpretation of the ancient play by Hofmannsthal. He reframes the story to center around Elektra and her interactions with the rest of the cast and the late Patrice Chereau did much the same. There are no scene changes, no furniture appearing and disappearing, and no major changes in lighting. It is a dark, dull stage with a modern and minimalist approach to Greek Architecture. A strong juxtaposition to the score, it keeps the audience focused on the performers at all times."
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