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

Sung in German with English supertitles


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San Francisco Opera has assembled a cast for the ages.

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One of the great female trios in the history of San Francisco Opera.

San Francisco Classical Voice

To try to catalog the virtues of Christine Goerke’s magnificent star turn feels like a poor substitute for merely pointing in dumbstruck awe.

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Conductor Henrik Nánási makes “an unforgettable Company debut.

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A tour de force of musical bravura and theatrical inventiveness.

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After 100 minutes of breathtaking intensity and brilliance, the audience exploded in a standing ovation, a mix of relief and admiration.

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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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Elektra Triumphant

With a musical opulence that outdid even Berlioz and Wagner, composer Richard Strauss created with his fourth opera Elektra sheer stage magic.

The Many Faces of Elektra

In the 2,000-plus years since her name was first etched on paper, the mythological character has inspired dozens, if not hundreds, of works of theater, literature, art, opera, and psychoanalysis.

More About "Elektra"

Author Larry Rothe recommends favorite books and recordings.

Cast & Creative

Elektra Christine Goerke
Klytemnestra Michaela Martens
Chrysothemis Adrianne Pieczonka
Orest Alfred Walker *
Aegisth Robert Brubaker
Tutor of Orest Anthony Reed
Fifth Maidservant Rhoslyn Jones
The Overseer Alexandra Loutsion*
Maidservant 1 Jill Grove
Maidservant 2 Laura Krumm
Maidservant 3 Nicole Birkland
Maidservant 4 Sarah Cambidge*
Klytemnestra’s Trainbearer Amina Edris
An Old Servant Bojan Kneževiċ
A Young Servant Kyle van Schoonhoven *
Klytemnestra's Confidante Erin Neff


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


Conductor Henrik Nánási *
Original Director Keith Warner *
Revival Director Anja Kühnhold *
Set Designer Boris Kudlička *
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 of Prague and the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.

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