Nina Stemme & Lise Davidsen Lead Metropolitan Opera’s Revival of ‘Elektra’

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera will revive R. Strauss’ “Elektra” in Patrice Chéreau’s celebrated staging.

The production will return for six performances from April 1 to 20 and will star Nina Stemme in her acclaimed turn of the title role.

The soprano will be joined by Lise Davidsen, making her role debut as Elektra’s sister Chrysothemis. It will mark her third Met production of this season after her acclaimed turns in “Ariadne auf Naxos” and Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.”

The cast also stars mezzo-soprano, Michaela Schuster, as Elektra’s mother Klytämnestra, a role she sang with success at the Met in 2018 and which OperaWire said, “she has a massive instrument that carries throughout the hall with boundless resonance, especially in the lower range where she spends most of her time in this part.”

The cast will be rounded out by tenor Stefan Vinke as Aegisth and bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as Orest. Conductor Donald Runnicles leads the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

The April 1, 5, and 16, 2022, performances of Elektra will be broadcast live on Met Opera Radio on Sirius XM Channel 355 and the April 16 performance will also be broadcast over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.