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Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers: Curtain raisers and high drama- audience reaction

Fri 15 Mar 2013

We welcomed esteemed conductor Marin Alsop and British soprano Emma Bell to the stage for a dramatic concert featuring Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann on 8 March at the Southbank Centre.

Here’s what the audience thought of the night…and below, what the press had to say.

The Times (subscribers only)

Seen and Heard

Classical Source

Lieto Fine

You can also check out our Storify page from the night here.

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Mozart – Making Ennui Epic

Mon 25 Feb 2013

In Curtain Raisers and High Drama on 8 March, Marin Alsop joins us for an evening of hugely evocative music written for the female voice.  Among works by Weber, Beethoven and Schumann, there’s also a chance to hear Elettra’s heart wrenching lament O smania! O furie!… from Mozart’s Idomeneo, an aria so powerful, you might argue it could make anything feel dramatic. 

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Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers: in conversation

Wed 20 Feb 2013

Marin Alsop

As part of our Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers podcast, we chatted to conductor Marin Alsop and soprano singer Emma Bell about their experiences with the OAE, including why singing certain arias can be like taking part in The Great British Bake Off…

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Feisty Females: Part 5

Tue 12 Feb 2013

After a bit of a break, our Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers series returns on 8 March at the Queen Elizabeth Hall when Emma Bell sings a whole host of arias written for the female voice, including an aria from Mozart’s Idomeneo featuring the famous ladykiller, Elektra.  Here’s a bit about her…

Who was she?

Elektra was the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra and her siblings were Orestes and Iphigenia. It was not the most happy of families – her dad killed her sister and in retaliation her mum killed her dad so Elektra combined forces with her brother to kill her mum. (Greek myths had a body count worse than an episode of Game of Thrones.)

What was she famous for?

Elektra is most famous for helping her brother to kill their mother. This murder inspired plays by all three great Greek tragedians and modern writers such as Eugene O’Neill and Jean-Paul Sartre.

She features in famous operas by Mozart and Richard Strauss, partly inspired Marina and the Diamonds’ second album and even has a psychological complex named after her.

Of course there was that really bad film about an assassin too.

Was she a queen, heroine or ladykiller?

Elektra is best known for being a killer (both as a lady who killed and for killing a lady) but she was the daughter of a queen (whom she killed) so could be seen as a queen as well.

Who will be singing Elektra and when?

Emma Bell will be singing Elettra from Mozart’s Idomeneo on 8 March 2013 in Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers: Curtain raisers and high drama at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

You can listen to Cheryl Studer sing Elettra’s aria Oh smania! Oh furie! Oh disperata Elettra! here.

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Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers Podcast

Thu 27 Sep 2012


Here’s our brand-new podcast dedicated to our new concert series for 2012-2013: Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers, which starts this Sunday at the Royal Festival Hall.

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