Critic’s Choice

Wed Jan 30, 2019 at 9:38 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Nina Stemme

Chicago audiences were able to hear one of the two leading Wagner-Strauss sopranos of our day last November with Christine Goerke’s Brünnhilde in Siegfried at Lyric Opera. 

On Saturday night we get to experience the other, with Nina Stemme making her company debut as the haunted title heroine of Richard Strauss’s Elektra. Joining the Swedish soprano is Elza van den Heever as Chrysothemis and Michaela Martens as Klytämnestra in this revival of the atmospheric David McVicar production (introduced in 2012 with Goerke in the title role). The highly regarded conductor Donald Runnicles will also make his Lyric debut.

Elektra opens 7:30 p.m. Saturday and runs through February 22.


Some warm string music seems like just the thing to dispel the polar vortex when the Parker Quartet comes to Hyde Park on Friday night. On tap is Leoš Janáček’s’s Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata,” Brahms’ Sextet No. 2 and the Sextet from Richard Strauss’s Capriccio with the Parker members joined by violist Richard O’Neill and cellist Edward Arron. Performance time is 7:30 p.m. at Mandel Hall.

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