Last night David and I saw an amazing production of Elektra by Richard Strauss at Chicago Lyric Opera. Stellar singing by the entire cast led by Nina Stemme in the title role. Ms. Stemme has a voluptuous voice with a wide vocal range and portrayed the tragic heroine perfectly.
Equally fine was Alexandra Lo Bianco who filled in for Eliza Van Den Heever as Chrysosthemus.You would never have known that she was not a part of the original cast. Another very beautiful voice.
The part of Klytamnestra was sung by Michaela Martens whose amazing range and volume was unique.
Strauss apparently loved the female voice. In several of his operas the leading characters are women, or, in the case of Octavian, a young male who is sung by a woman.
In any case, it leads to some extraordinary singing, as it did last night.
The rest of the cast was equally fine but the poor men don't get much of a chance to sing. It was a great night at Chicago Lyric!