An intense psychological thriller

Upon his return from the Trojan war, king Agamemnon is murdered by his wife Klytämnestra in cold blood. Their daughter, Elektra, cannot contain her fury and begins obsessively plotting revenge on her mother. Based on an ancient Greek myth, Elektra explores the psychological turmoil of its protagonist as her dark mind begins to unravel until, in a horrifying climax, Elektra’s fragile world shatters completely.

Visionary composer Strauss creates one of opera’s most chilling scores in Elektra, which British sensation Alexander Prior conducts in his Edmonton Opera debut. Soprano Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs takes on the demanding role of Elektra, promising a powerful and haunting performance. Her previous portrayal of Elektra at Teatro Comunale di Bologna in 2015 received high praise from Opera World:

"Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs was superb in the title role. Her Elektra was expressively strong, thanks also to her voice which leaned toward the dark, but was well-projected; her performance was sublime, perfectly illustrating the character, knowing how to show her tragic and mad side but also her passionate and romantic one." 

March 11, 14 & 16, 2017 • Jubilee Auditorium

Sung in German with projected English Translation
Featuring the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Approximate running time: 100 minutes with no intermission
Alberta Premiere

Production sponsored by:                Opening night sponsored by:

Conducted by Alexander Prior • Directed by Michael Cavanagh
Costume Design by Deanna Finnman • Scenery Design by Edmonton Opera



Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs


Elizabeth Turnbull


Tracy Cantin


Geoffrey Sirett


Daniel Brenna

Orest’s Tutor

Giles Tomkins

First Maid

Catherine Daniel

Second Maid

Whitney Sloan

Third Maid

Stephanie Tritchew

Fourth Maid

Laura Albino

Fifth Maid

Tanya Roberts

Old Slave

Aaron Dimoff


Aidan Ferguson

Barbara King
Young Servant
Robert Clark
Train BearerLaurelle Jade Froese















Featuring the Edmonton Opera Chorus sponsored by:

Join us for complimentary Opera Talks in the lower level Kaasa lobby 45 minutes before the show. Learn all about Elektra's music, mythology, and more!

How does opera's most dangerous woman get her revenge? Find out by reading the one-minute synopsis of Elektra!

Get to know conductor Alex Prior in our blog interview!

Listen to this musical snippet from the finale of Elektra to experience the immense dramatic power of Strauss's composition!


Season sponsors: