The Dallas Opera's rendition of Richard Strauss's "Elektra" at the Winspear Opera House is a captivating exploration of revenge, tragedy, and familial turmoil. Tormented by the murder of her father at the hands of her mother, Elektra is consumed by a singular desire for vengeance, which drives the narrative forward with relentless momentum. This 100-minute, no-intermission opera presents a slow burn in its setup, allowing ample time for the characters to lament their anxieties before building to an explosive climax of family drama.
Angela Meade's portrayal of Chrysothemis, Elektra's sister, steals the spotlight with her thunderous belts and effortless high notes that are sure to electrify the audience (no pun intended!). Her resonant voice will leave a lasting impact, adding depth to the production. Marjorie Owens as Elektra also delivers standout moments, showcasing her vocal strength amidst the turmoil of the narrative. While the gargantuan and impressive set immerses the audience in the opera's world, the lack of set changes throughout the performance leaves something to be desired. However, given the brevity of the show, the original set and costume designer, John Macfarlane, may have decided to maintain a stagnant set in order to focus attention on the intense drama unfolding onstage.
The orchestra, comprised of over 100 players, provides a grand and epic score that complements the characters' emotional journey. The sheer scale of the ensemble necessitated the removal of the first two rows in the orchestra, showcasing the magnitude of the production. The music heightens the intensity of the drama, adding depth and texture to the performances.
With only two performances remaining on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, and Saturday, February 17, 2024, at 7:30 pm, audiences are encouraged to seize the opportunity to experience this riveting production live at the Winspear Opera House. For those unable to attend in person, a $9.99 live stream access option is available for the February 17th performance via The Dallas Opera website, providing an opportunity to witness this powerful performance from the comfort of home. Don't miss your chance to witness the dramatic brilliance of "Elektra" by Richard Strauss.
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