Christine Goerke Leads Washington National Opera’s ‘Elektra’

By Francisco Salazar

The Washington National Opera is set to present Richard Strauss’ “Elektra.”

The opera, which is set to run between Oct. 29 and Nov. 12, 2022, will be directed by Artistic Director Francesca Zambello in her first staging of the work, and led by Principal Conductor Evan Rogister.

In a statement, Zambello noted, “Strauss’ dramatic one-act opera promises 100 minutes of psychological thriller-meets-Greek tragedy. Our internationally acclaimed cast, led by brilliant soprano Christine Goerke, lends the vocal power to hasten the full-tilt action toward its harrowing and soaring finale. The grandness of the adventure is accented by extravagant Greek-inspired costumes by legendary designer Bibhu Mohapatra.”

The opera will also feature new costumes by Bibhu Mohapatra.

Christine Goerke will sing the title role, which she has performed to great acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Houston Grand Opera. OperaWire noted, “Christine Goerke is powerful.”

The soprano will be joined by Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green, tenor Štefan Margita, soprano Sara Jakubiak, and soprano Katarina Dalayman.