Gripping suspense and startling revelations launched the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s rousing performance of Richard Strauss’s passionate German opera, ‘Elecktra’ on Thursday, October 15 and Saturday, October 17 at Boston Symphony Hall. Thundering through a thrilling score, the Boston Symphony Orchestra warmed up as audience members swiftly filed into Symphony Hall for Strauss’s ‘Elektra,’ which was presented with no intermission and did not allow any latecomers into the show.
Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director Andris Nelsons exhibited enthusiasm and passion in his work as he conducted a masterful production of this popular and musically complex one act opera. ‘Elektra’ recently also took the stage at Carnegie Hall. This phenomenal performance at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave in Boston, Massachusetts will be rebroadcast on Monday, October 26 on WCRB 99.5 FM. Listen to the concert here.
Based on a heartbreaking tale in Greek mythology, Strauss’s ‘Elektra’ is mesmerizing from its very first scene. At the center of this phenomenal cast is Grammy award-winning soprano, Christine Goerke, who is a revelation. Goerke, dressed in a shining, red gown, commanded the stage with her flawless range and ushered the audiences into her heartache through an array of lurid, dark images. Her dress is striking as the rest of the cast is adorned in sophisticated black and white garments. Eyes flashing, Goerke came in like a whirlwind, especially as she expressed her unmitigated fury and let the audience into her darkest thoughts.
With a menacing laugh and adorned in a shimmering black and white coat, Jane Henschel, as Elektra’s mother Klytamesta, depicted a myriad of complex emotions through her taut and soaring vocals. Her eyes shifted divisively and her meticulous mannerisms were captivating to watch.
Gun-Brit Barkmin embodied naïve earnestness as Elektra’s sister Chrysothemis, her character expressed in an array of silvery, peerless vocals and a radiant smile. Her endearing performance was only heightened by Goerke’s presence, both exhibiting impressive chemistry. They bring out the best in one another.
Renowned baritone James Rutherford, dressed in a suit and bow tie, kept the momentum of the show at a chilling pace with his inspired performance as Orest, Elektra and Chrysothemis’s brother. Secretive and charismatic, Rutherford is superb in this pivotal role.
Passionately conducted by Andris Nelsons, The Boston Symphony took on Richard Strauss’s powerful, arresting score, as it maneuvered from soft, haunting rhythms to a pulsing, triumphant crescendo. It bent and slid in a hitchcockian tone, urgently escalating with each foreboding note. The Tanglewood Festival Chorus, voices soaring aloft in the Symphony Hall balcony, enriched and brought this outstanding production to its riveting finale.
Click here for more of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming performances! Setting the mood for Halloween, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Berklee College of Music proudly presents ‘Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror’ on Friday, October 30 at 8 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to dress in Gothic and undead costumes for the event. With a new symphonic score, Keith Lockhart will conduct the orchestra as it performs the score to the full length silent film classic, ‘Nosferatu’ for the first time ever.
Before ‘Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror,’ the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital will host a blood drive at Symphony Hall on Saint Stevens Street from 2-7 p.m. Click here to sign up and visit bso.org to get tickets to ‘Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror.’