MN Opera presents Elektra

This show is open to high school students.


Students and families can choose from the following times:

  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 7:30pm


Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St
St Paul, MN 55102

About the Show

Strauss’ opera Elektra, based on the famous tragedy about a princess hell-bent on revenge, is as intense and gripping as opera gets. Reimagined on the set of a 1920s German film studio, an actress’ mental state unravels as she slowly believes herself to be the real Elektra of ancient Greece, her quest for the perfect performance quickly igniting an authentic lust for blood. This scorching drama unfolds in a single act of rare vocal and orchestral power that aims straight for the jugular.

Note: Runs approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, with no intermission.

Contains mature themes and moments of violence. Children should be 14 years of age or older to attend this performance. Childcare will be provided for those under the age of 14. Please let us know if you need childcare when you make your reservation.


If you do not have access to a ride, call Project Success and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

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or call Project Success at (612) 874-7710

This show is open to high school students.

Invited students can pick up tickets at the Project Success table in the lobby of the theater on the dates of the performances. Please arrive 20 minutes before the show to pick up your tickets. Each student/family may receive up to 4 FREE tickets.

Thank you to Project Success theater partner, MN Opera, for providing tickets to students at no cost.


  • The myth of Elektra has a rich history. Adapted by many writers over time, a notable few are discussed here. Elektra’s tragic family drama was depicted by Aeschylus in a trilogy, and later by Sophocles and Euripides. Sophocles’s play was adapted into the opera by librettist Hugo Hofmannsthal and composer Richard Strauss. In a further twist, this particular production is presenting the opera through the lens of 1920s German filmmakers, adding another layer to the story. How do you imagine Elektra’s story might be consistent throughout these differing versions? How might Elektra be depicted uniquely this time?
  • The tragic story is centered on the colliding desires for honor and revenge. What place is there in 2019 for honor? How about revenge? Does one ever impact the other? What does conflict resolution look like when revenge isn’t an appropriate or possible response?

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