Richard Strauss

His Majesty’s Theatre | 7.30pm | February 8, 11, 14

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A co-production of West Australian Opera, ThinIce, Perth International Arts Festival and Opera Australia.

Elektra is the most gripping one hundred minutes in opera.

Elektra gives us one of Western civilisation’s greatest stories of fanatical love and revenge. A tour de force that drives performers and orchestra to their limit. It was the first collaboration between Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, one of the most important composer-librettist partnerships in operatic history. It remains a unique work as powerful today as in its first performance in Dresden in 1909.

Director Matthew Lutton’s new production brings startling visual intensity to the music, allowing the audience to enter into the world of Elektra’s dreams and desires. She has seen her father murdered, the city around her is cursed and she longs for justice.

Strauss’ music rises to moments of incredible beauty and falls in moments of horror as Elektra searches for a light in the darkness.

West Australian Opera Chorus
West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Sung in German with English surtitles.
Warning: Contains scenes that may offend some patrons. Not recommended for children.

The Making of Elektra from West Australian Opera on Vimeo.

Elektra in Rehearsal from West Australian Opera on Vimeo.

Elektra Timelapse Set Build from West Australian Opera on Vimeo.


Major Government Partner 

This project is assisted by the Western Australian Government
through the Department of Culture and the Arts.



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Before each performance a brief summary of the opera is provided by guest speaker Annie Patrick. Please join her in the Exhibition Area, Dress Circle Level of His Majesty's Theatre. Each talk will commence at 7pm and run for approximately 15 minutes. Talks are open to the general public and bookings are not required.

To download the Wesfarmers Arts Synopsis and Cast List click here. Courtesy of our Principal Partner Wesfarmers Arts, opera synopses will also be available free in the foyer at the theatre.

Creative Team

Richard Mills

Matthew Lutton

Set & Costume Designer
Zoë Atkinson

Lighting Designer
Paul Jackson


Eva Johansson

Orla Boylan

Elizabeth Campbell

Daniel Sumegi

Richard Greager

Orest's Tutor
James Clayton

Sarah-Janet Brittenden

Lucy Mervik

Young Servant
Sam Sakker

Old Servant
Ryan Sharp

Merlyn Quaife

First Maid
Bernadette Lucarnus

Second Maid
Donna Friedl

Third Maid
Fiona Campbell

Fourth Maid
Harriet O'Shannessy

Fifth Maid
Jennifer Barrington

James Berlyn

Sacrificial Victim
Shirley van Sanden

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