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'Elektra' on again Sunday in MoBay, Kgn

Published:Friday | May 6, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Contributed Waltraud Meier as Klytämnestra n the Elektra.

Elektra, the opera by German composer Richard Strauss, encores this Sunday, May 8, at Palace Cineplex in Kingston and Palace Multiplex in Montego Bay, St James. Inspired by the Greek tragedy of the same name, Elektra depicts the title character's quest to avenge the murder of her father, Agamemnon, after the end of the Trojan War. Matters are made complicated by the fact that Agamemnon was murdered by his bloodthirsty wife, Klytamnestra, Elektra's mother, who now rules Mycenae. Matricide is a terrible sin, and Elektra must choose between letting her father lie unavenged or tainting herself with bloodguilt.

Nina Stemme stars as Elektra in director Patrice Chereau's production, alongside mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier as Klytamnestra. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the cast, which also includes Eric Owens as Orest.

 

Anniversary

 

The Met: Live in HD concluded its 10th anniversary season last Saturday with a live transmission of Elektra to an estimated attendance of 48,000 in North America, earning a gross income of US$1,037,000. It was seen live on more than 900 screens. The live transmission, hosted by Renee Fleming, was directed for cinema by Gary Halvorson.

An estimated additional 55,000 people saw it live on 800 screens in 35 countries in Europe, 11 countries in Latin America, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Jamaica, and Morocco. Delayed showings throughout Asia, Australia, Dubai, Madagascar, New Zealand, and South Africa plus encore performances in North America and Europe are expected to boost worldwide attendance of Elektra to more than 175,000 persons. Other encore screenings are on June 11, 13 and 15 in Canada.

The Met's award-winning series of live transmissions around the world has expanded its worldwide distribution to more than 2,000 cinemas in 70 countries this season and has sold more than 20 million tickets since its inception in 2006. The encore performance of Elektra officially closes the Met Opera's 2015-16 LIVE in HD season at Palace Amusement cinemas.

The 2016-17 Live in HD season kicks off on October 8 with its 100th transmission a new production of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and starring Stuart Skelton and Nina Stemme in the title roles. The additional nine operas on the schedule are Don Giovanni (October 22), L'amour de Loin (December 10), Nabucco (January 7), Romeo et Juliette (January 21), Rusalka (February 25), La Traviata (March 11), Idomeneo (March 25), Eugene Onegin (April 22) and Der Rosenkavalier (May 13).

Tickets for the 2016 - 2 0 17 Live in HD season go on sale in July at the participating cinemas' box offices and via the web at www.palaceamusement.com, with a Palace Card or any major credit card.