San Francisco Opera | Strauss's Elektra


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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Running Time

Approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes with no intermission

Who Should See It

Fans of Greek tragedy, psychological thrillers and Mommy Dearest.

Found in Series

Full Series: A, D*, G*, J, M, R*
Half Series: B, F*, I*, K, N, T*
Out of Town Series: OT1, OT2, OT3, OT4
*Best Value Series

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Saturday 09/09/17 7:30PM
Wednesday 09/13/17 7:30PM *
Sunday 09/17/17 2:00PM *
Tuesday 09/19/17 7:30PM
Friday 09/22/17 7:30PM
Wednesday 09/27/17 7:30PM *


Subscribe to get the best seats for the lowest prices. 3-opera Half Series begin at $63. Single tickets go on sale June 26. 

Best Value Series: Choose Full Series D, G or R and Half Series F, I and T for best seating availability at the best prices.  

* OperaVision, HD video projection screens featured in the Balcony level for this performance, is made possible by the Koret/Taube Media Suite.


"The night belonged to Christine Goerke. Her lament for her murdered father, Agamemnon, was agonizing, her anger white hot, her torment exquisite….It's hard to imagine better."

The Guardian

"Adrianne Pieczonka, as Chrysothemis, sings with ecstasy and sumptuous, gorgeous tone."

Opera News

Stephanie Blythe “boasts one of the most powerful voices in opera."

The New York Times


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.




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