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Edmonton Opera's Elektra is alternately violent and tender, triumphant and despairing

"Conductor Alexander Prior, writing about Edmonton Opera’s new production of Richard Strauss’ Elektra, which opened at the Jubilee on Saturday, commented, “Tonight’s Alberta premiere is an epic testament to Edmonton Opera’s ambition, vision, and strength.” Article content He is right on all counts. The opera is challenging to present, because of the demands of the music – in both the vocal and orchestral writing – and of the emotional content. Strauss’ brilliant score, a kind of culmination of the Romantic tradition, is alternately violent and tender, triumphant and despairing." "What really did come across was the playing of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. This was Prior’s Canadian operatic debut, and he not only paced the opera very effectively, but secured some wonderfully powerful and taut playing from the orchestra in a score that is beyond their normal comfort zone."

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12 March 2017edmontonjournal.comMark Morris

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