Nina Stemme sings through a wounded knee

The Swedish soprano suffered an injury more common to footballers during rehearsals for Strauss’s Elektra in Chicago. Was she bothered?

From Larry Johnson at Chicago Classical Review:

…A curtain announcement Saturday night informed Lyric’s audience that Nina Stemme, singing the title role, had injured her knee in rehearsals and asked for their indulgence. The Swedish soprano did indeed seem to be limping and favoring one foot in the early going. But as the performance continued, the injury seemed to affect her less and less…

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  • “But as the performance continued, the injury seemed to affect her less and less…” So, rather than being wounded, her knee might just have been out of allein-ment.

    Sorry. I’ll show myself out.

    Good for her, what a trouper, etc.

  • ” Strauss’s Elektra shocked audiences at its 1909 premiere. As much as they were disconcerted by the lurid scenario and almost unrelieved bleakness of the story”. I would think that, after 2,500 years, audiences would be used to the story.

  • Luckily it was Elektra; Salome might have been more of a problem. Still, Stemme’s voice will have diverted attention from a bit of diminished mobility…

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