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Goerke stars in Lyric’s blood-soaked ‘Elektra’

October 8, 2012 • Entertainment


In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, in Chicago, Jill Grove as Klyamnestra, with sceptor, and Christine Goerke as Elektra, lower left, perform during the first act of a dress rehearsal of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production of “Elektra.” (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

CHICAGO (AP) — “There will be blood!” insist the ads for Lyric Opera’s production of “Elektra,” — and indeed there is, cascading down the steps of Agamemnon’s palace near the end of Richard Strauss’ one-act opera.

Enough blood, in David McVicar’s new production that opened the season Saturday night, for soprano Christine Goerke to cap her heroic performance in the title role by smearing it over her hands and face in exultation: Her brother, Orest, has just avenged their father’s murder by killing their mother, Klytaemnestra and her lover, Aegisth.

Goerke is making her Lyric debut in a part that has few equals for difficulty in the dramatic soprano repertory. Elektra is onstage virtually throughout the hour-and-45-minute work, and much of the Login to read more

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