Victorian-Opera-Elektra-Catherine-FosterOne of the greatest operas of all time, Elektra, is set to ignite Hamer Hall with this concert one night only on 14 September with Victorian Opera, in association with Orchestra Victoria and Australian National Academy of Music.

Based on the Sophocles tragedy about betrayal, grief and family revenge; this brilliantly complex yet astute work was written by Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal at the height of their careers.

Elektra as she yearns to avenge the murder of her father, King Agamemnon. Her brother, Orest, returns to cleanse the palace of its evil.

From her obsessive beginnings to her final dance of vengeance and collapse, Elektra’s journey to catharsis is one of the great trajectories of character in operatic literature.

The story follows has gone on to influence popular narrative formulas seen in blockbuster movies to theatre the world over.

Victorian Opera is honoured to host revered dramatic soprano, Catherine Foster, a veteran of Bayreuth Festival and other major opera houses across the world.

Foster sings the title role alongside a stellar Australian cast including Deborah Humble, Anna-Louise Cole, James Egglestone, Derek Welton, Simon Meadows, Olivia Cranwell, Kathryn Radcliffe, Paul Biencourt, Stephen Marsh, Olivia Cranwell, Shakira Dugan, Sally-Anne Russell, Rebecca Rashleigh and Dimity Shepherd.

Maestro Richard Mills conducts the combined forces of Orchestra Victoria and the exceptionally talented young musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music.

Hamer Hall – Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Performance: Wednesday 14 September 2022
Information and Bookings: www.victorianopera.com.au

Image: Catherine Foster – courtesy of Victorian Opera