MN Opera presents 'Elektra' Cory Weaver



Every Tue., Thu., and Sat. from Oct. 8-12
7:30 p.m.
Oct. 5
8 p.m.
Oct. 13
2 p.m.
Opera, Theater

This fall, the Minnesota Opera kicks off its 2019-20 season, which includes Flight, a modern-day piece about the refugee experience, and the debut production of Edward Tulane, an opera for children based on a book by Minneapolis’ own Kate DiCamillo. The company starts off with a classic, though, in Richard Strauss’ Elektra, a story dating all the way back to the days of Sophocles and Euripides. Here the canonical tragedy is reimagined on the set of a 1920s German film, where an actress pursuing a perfect performance blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Sabine Hogrefe and Alexandra Loutsion alternate performances of the title character in this show directed by Brian Staufenbiel and conducted by Elias Grandy. Opera-curious newbies take note: This one-act production clocks in at a tight hour and 40 minutes and features music by one of the great German composers, making it an excellent entry point for those who wouldn’t know an aria from an overture.