Unrecognizable: A Stage Makeup Transformation for Lyric’s Elektra

By Keegan Morris |

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Richard Strauss's Elektra is challenging, dramatic, and yes, very, very bloody. This thrilling, one-act opera, which premiered in 1909, is based on an ancient Greek myth: Elektra seeks her sweet revenge on her mother for murdering her father. Lyric Opera of Chicago's intense production embraces the story's darkness and rage.

On top of seeing one of Strauss's most staggering works, WFMT listeners have another draw to see this production — host Maggie Clennon Reberg is featured in the cast!

Not that you'd be likely to identify her onstage. In an involved process that takes about as much time as the opera's 100-minute run, Maggie is rendered unrecognizable by exaggerated, grotesque makeup and a giant wig that you'll need to see to believe!

Go behind the scenes at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and be astonished as Maggie completely transforms in hair and makeup!

Elektra runs until February 22. For tickets and information, visit lyricopera.org

READ MORE: Hedy Weiss reviews Elektra for WTTW