The staging for this opera additionally labored, a back-to-back success in that regard with WNO’s Il Trovatore; working concurrently, it additionally has a theme of revenge, however features a compelling love story. WNO’s Inventive Director Francesca Zambello directs Elektra with polish and symbolism. The set by Erhard Rohm included columns on two sides of the palace courtyard, one damaged in half and bearing Agamemnon’s identify. A balcony ran throughout the again of the stage with openings that allowed the characters to be seen shifting backwards and forwards whereas hiding the bloody features of the violence. Total, the set and its lighting (due to Mark McCullough) achieved a lovely inventive impact. The costumes by Bibhu Mohapatra had been spectacular in shade and design which gave a contrasting impact with the darkish nature of the plot, however I assume in actual life murderers don’t gown in darkish hues to mirror the truth that they’re sinister. Chrysothemis’ blue night robe would have befitted Cinderella on the Ball. Solely Elektra was clothed in drab gray. There have been a few minor glitches which I assume will probably be corrected in subsequent performances. Total, the weather of the staging, lighting, and costumes added to the believability of the story and supplied some welcome lightness whereas a heavy drama was offered successfully.
Though I loved Elektra as an inventive expertise and superior leisure, the story does give one pause; it addresses an necessary and disturbing theme. The plot of Elektra is offered in Greek tragedy as predetermined by human nature (or the gods), encapsulated within the phrase ‘blood requires blood’, one thing we’re anticipated to acknowledge (and settle for as our ancestors did?). In spite of everything, do you suppose that Dr. Phil might have discovered a non-violent decision for this household. I don’t settle for violence as the one approach out and like tradition and our system of legal guidelines for resolutions. On the identical time, I can’t deny that forfeiture of the lives of Klytämnestra and Aegisth felt proper. However then, the place does it finish? Ms. Zambello in her Director’s Observe says, “Even immediately, we see the identical tragic cycle play out, repeatedly. Can we ever see clearly sufficient to interrupt free?”. Nicely, if not, I believe we’re going to should hold going to see Elektra till we get it proper. Hmmm. Did I simply say above that there’s nothing to be afraid of?
The Fan Expertise: Performances of Elektra are scheduled for October 29. 31, November 4, 6, 9, and 12; tickets for remaining performances might be bought via this hyperlink. The opera is sung in German with supertitles in English proven on a display screen above the stage. Parking within the Kennedy Heart is often plentiful at round $25 per day, with a small low cost for Kennedy Heart members when reserved forward of the day. The Metro to Foggy Backside and the free Crimson Kennedy Heart buses from there to the Kennedy Heart which run each quarter-hour are a wonderful possibility. All the time examine with the venue of the efficiency you might be attending for COVID restrictions; for Saturday’s efficiency, neither masking nor proof of vaccination was required.
When you arrive early sufficient, take a look at Kennedy Heart’s new everlasting exhibit “Arts and Beliefs: President John F. Kennedy” within the JFK Gallery situated on the Terrace Degree. It covers President Kennedy from childhood to his dying with a concentrate on his dedication to the humanities.