In August it´s time for the outdoor performance of Elektra - the largest production of Umeå2014’s capital of culture!
Blood is gushing forth in the barrack square.
Elektra is biding her time.
Enormous steel giants are rising.
Elektra curses her mother.
A forest is set on fire at Umestan.
Elektra demands revenge!
NorrlandsOperan and the dramatic art collective La Fura Dels Baus are creating a monumental outdoor performance of Richard Strauss' one-act opera.
Cranes, mechanical giants with singers standing inside their chests, skips filled with blood. Elektra is NorrlandsOperan's biggest ever production. The opera is based on the ancient myth about the woman who does everything in her power to revenge the murder of her father Agamemnon.
The stage is two hundred metres long, and will be erected at the old military command centre Umestan near the heart of Umeå city. The contours of the dead King in his grave can be seen all over the area. The grandstand can hold two thousand spectators, and also represents the palace in which Elektra's dysfunctional family (to put it mildly) live with their servants.
The music is powerful and expressive. At the first performance in 1909, the audience felt ready to faint as they rushed out of the opera house. Strauss' courage inspires La Fura dels Baus in their staging of Elektra's wrath and vindictiveness.
The West Bothnian twilight is the perfect background for the burning forest and the river of blood. NorrlandsOperan's Symphony Orchestra, the soloists and the extras whose bodies help breathe life into the steel giants, the hundreds of people working behind the scenes, and – last but not least – the audience all contribute to making this a historic performance. In Umeå, 2014.
Conductor: Rumon Gamba
Artistic concept: La Fura dels Baus, Carlus Padrissa
Director: Carlus Padrissa
Choreography: Mireia Romero
Costumes, make-up & props: Clara Sullà
Pyrotechnics: Thomas Bautenbacher
Sound design: Lars Wern
Ingela Brimberg – Elektra
Susanna Levonen – Chrysothemis, Elektra's sister
Ingrid Tobiasson – Klytaemnestra, mother
Thomas Lander – Orestes, brother
Magnus Kyhle – Aegisthus
Lennart Forsén – Tutor / An old servant
Margaretha Dahlhamn – First maid
Agneta Lundgren – Second maid
Katarina Leoson – Third maid
Sara Olsson – Trainbearer / Fourth maid
Karin Andersson – Confidante / Fifth maid
Niklas Björlig Rygert – A young servant
Annelie Lindfors – Overseer
NorrlandsOperan's Symphony Orchestra and guest artists.
The production comprises 73 musicians and a large number of extras. When Elektra is performed in Umeå in 2014, it will be the first open-air performance of the opera in this format.
La Fura dels Baus
The Catalan dramatic art collective La Fura dels Baus (The Polecat from Les Baux-de-Provence) was founded in 1979 and has its artistic roots in urban street performances. The collective experienced an international breakthrough when they staged the opening ceremony of the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. Ever since, they have continued to create spectacular artistic projects around the globe. Every production places great emphasis on the architecture of the performance site, and the performances are staged in close collaboration with local actors and residents. Here is one example.
In collaboration with Kungliga Operan
With support from Umeå 2014 and the Swedish Arts Council
Main sponsor: Balticgruppen
In cooperation with Lerstenen
Elektra is performed outdoors
Open-air performances create a very special atmosphere, but the audience must be prepared for the possibility of bad weather. NorrlandsOperan will perform the opera even in adverse weather conditions – provided it is safe to do so. As a visitor, we ask you to prepare yourself for the possibility of rain during the performance, and we recommend that you bring warm clothes and rain gear. Please note that umbrellas are not allowed on the grandstand. Delays or interruptions may occur during a performance due to inclement weather. Further information below, In case of an interrupted or cancelled performance.
Duration and language
The performance is approx. 100 minutes long, and is sung in German with Swedish and English subtitles.
Visual interpretation, wheelchairs, hearing loops
* The performance on the 16th of August will be visually interpreted in Swedish. Preliminary booking is required via e-mail to email@example.com. Limited space.
* There will be a hearing loop on row 1-4, and in wheelchair spaces. Contact our ticket office for more information.
* Wheelchair spaces will be located to the front of the right and left hand side.
Sveriges Television will be filming
The performances on the 19th and 21st of August may be filmed and broadcast by Sveriges Television (SVT). Audience members at these performances accept that they may be filmed and that they may appear in the footage.
On-site ticket booth
We recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance, but there will be an on-site ticket booth at Umestan, which will be open from 7 pm to 9 pm on each performance day.
There will be no admittance once the performance has started – purchased tickets will not be refunded or repurchased. Cast changes may occur and do not entitle ticket holders to a ticket repurchase or any other form for compensation.
In case of an interrupted or cancelled performance
If a performance is interrupted less than 60 minutes into the performance – or is cancelled altogether – the price of the ticket will be refunded provided that the original ticket is returned. The ticket can be returned up to one month after the performance.
There will be no compensation if a performance is interrupted more than 60 minutes into the performance.
Director Carlus Padrissa from La Fura dels Baus explains why you must come and see Elektra!