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REVIEW: Opéra de Montréal's 'Elektra' Looms Large Under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Michel Beaulac

REVIEW: Lise Lindstrom Looms Large in Strauss' 'Elektra' at Opéra de Montréal >>

Opéra de Montréal gave that city's first staging of 'Elektra' in November--and the first production ever by a resident Montreal company--finessing a presentation both stark and expansive, starring the brilliant American soprano Lise Lindstrom. Filling the titular role, Lindstrom easily carried the weight of Strauss' demanding single-act, 100-minute opera. But the spotlight wasn't hers alone; she shared it with a massive, 25-foot statue of King Agamemnon and the equally enormous vision of the company's artistic director, Michel Beaulac.

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