Elektra Educator Materials

What would you do if you knew who murdered your father? For Elektra, the answer is clear.

In the wake of the Trojan War, Elektra’s world has come unmoored. When her desire for justice becomes a blood lust, she pushes her fractured family to the brink of destruction.

Music by Richard Strauss | Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal


Consumed by desire to avenge her father's murder, Elektra seeks to recruit her siblings to kill their mother and her paramour.

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Cast & Creative

Elektra Christine Goerke
Klytemnestra Stephanie Blythe
Chrysothemis Adrianne Pieczonka
Orest Alfred Walker *
Aegisth Robert Brubaker
Tutor of Orest Anthony Reed
Fifth Maidservant Rhoslyn Jones
Maidservant 1 Jill Grove
Maidservant 2 Laura Krumm
Maidservant 3 Nicole Birkland
Maidservant 4 Sarah Cambidge*
Klytemnestra’s Trainbearer Amina Edris
A Young Servant Kyle van Schoonhoven *


September 9, 13, 17, 19, 22 and 27, 2017


Conductor Henrik Nánási *
Original Director Keith Warner *
Revival Director Anja Kühnhold *
Set Designer Boris Kudlicka *
Costume Designer Kaspar Glarner *
Lighting Designer John Bishop *
Video Designer Bartek Macias *
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

* San Francisco Opera debut

A co-production with the National Theatre in Prague and the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.

Previous performances of Elektra can be found in our Archive.

Photo (top): National Theatre of Prague production of Elektra/Patrik Borecki