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Cast
Conductor Asher Fisch
  Ido Arad
Director and Set Designer Yannis Kokos 
Artistic Associate Anne Blancord
Costume Designer Lily Kendaka
Lighting Designer Vinicio Cheli
Projection Designer Sergio Metalli
  Ideogamma SRL

 

Soloists:

 

Elektra Gun-Brit Barkmin
  Aile Asszonyi
Chrysothemis  Elisabet Strid
  Yasmin Levi Ellentuck
Klytaemnestra Edna Prochink
Ariane Lucas
Orest Matthais Hausmann
  Mark Schnaible
Aegisth Chris Merit
  Hubert Francis
Young Servant Eitan Drori
Old Servant Noah Briger
Orestes’ Tutor Oded Reich

 

The Israeli Opera Chorus

Chorus Master: Assaf Benraf

The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion

 

Libretto: Hugo von Hofmannsthal

 

Sung in German

English and Hebrew Surtitles
Translation: Israel Ouval

 

Duration: Aprox 1 hour and 45 minutes

 

A new production from the Greek National Opera

Synopsis

Elektra lives in Argos, mourning her father Agamemnon who was murdered by her mother Clytemnestra and his cousin Aegisthus, whom her mother married. Elektra yearns for the return of her brother Orestes from Phocis where he was raised, keeping safe from his father’s murderers. Elektra wants Orestes to take revenge for their father’s murder. Chrysothemis, Elektra and Orestes’ sister, also wishes for revenge, yet as long as Orestes is absent, she dreams of leaving the palace to find a better life for herself somewhere else. She warns Elektra that their mother intends to lock her up in a tower.


Clytemnestra, who cannot sleep because of her ongoing nightmares, asks Elektra for help. She is willing to make yet another sacrifice to appease the gods and Elektra tells her she knows exactly who should be sacrificed. Elektra asks her mother why she does not allow Orestes to return and accuses her for having him murdered. Elektra tells her mother that the gods will be appeased only by her blood. The servants bring news to Clytemnestra who bursts into a hysterical laughter.


Chrysothemis declares that according to two messengers Orestes has been killed by his own horses. Elektra now tries to convince her sister to help her take revenge. As Chrysothemis still has her dreams about becoming a wife and a mother somewhere else, Elektra realizes she will have to avenge her father’s murder by herself.


A messenger arrives announcing to Elektra that he was with Orestes when he died. Recognizing Elektra, the stranger reveals to her that he is indeed Orestes and he enters their mother’s chambers.


Aegisthus, excited to learn the news about Orestes’ death, arrives and Elektra leads him into the palace. As Chrysothemis comes out declaring that Orestes has avenged Agamemnon’s death, Elektra breaks into an ecstatic dance until she falls dead on the ground.    

Back Stage Secrets

Back Stage Secrets at the Opera
Many Opportunities to Widen your Opera Experience

Do you want to know more about the opera you are about to attend? Do you want to find out some back stage secrets? Do you want to meet the artists after the performance? The Israeli Opera enables you to widen your opera experience with a variety of pre performance and post-performance events. 

Towards Opening
On Saturday morning before the premiere, the creators of the production and several of the soloists gather to discuss the opera, the production, their own career and today’s opera world. This is a unique opportunity to learn as much as possible about the production and meet the director, conductor, designers and some of the participating soloists. Musical excerpts from the opera illustrate the discussion. Towards Opening takes place before some of each season’s productions.

Pre Performance Lecture
One hour before each opera performance there is a 30-minute introductory lecture in the auditorium (in Hebrew). Opera staffers present the opera and the production and enable the audience to get some extra information a short time before attending the performances. Admission is free for ticket holders. 

Pre Performance Back Stage Tours
What happens backstage before the audience even thinks of getting dressed for the performance? What do the singers do? The conductor? The Technical teams? How does everyone prepare for the performance? A unique opportunity to taste a little bit of the back stage excitement before the curtain ascends/ A concerted half hour tour in places that are not usually open to the general public. Tours begin 90 minute before the performance begins and last 30 minutes. Tickets are 25NIS and can be booked in advance (tickets for each tour are limited). Tours take place on several evenings in each production. Details can be found at the Israeli opera’s website. Tours from groups both in Hebrew and in English can be booked in advance ( sarah@israelopera.org.il )

Opera Talkback
The curtain has just descended on the final scene of the opera. The hour is late. Nut the experience was riveting. This is the time to meet several of the performers. Come to listen and to speak. Ask questions. Meet the artists. A once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the artists who have just excited you on the stage. Opera Talkbacks takes place on the second level of the Opera House foyer and last around 30 minutes. Admission free. Opera Talkback takes place on several evenings in each production. Details can be found at the Israeli opera’s website. 

 

Date

Hour

PREMIÈRE

6 January 2021

20:00

Opening lecture

Before every show

An hour before every show

Back Stage Tours

 11,12,14,17 January 2021 

16:30 / 18:30

Opera Talkback

 9,12,14,18 January 2021

After the show 


 

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