Richard Nechamkin, New York Opera Forum
by Holly Bieler
Sep 09, 2015 | 15866 views | 0 0 comments | 462 462 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For Richard Nechamkin, founder of New York Opera Forum, a group that has been staging some of the most important operas of all time throughout the city since 1981, says few pieces compare to Richard Strauss’s Elektra.

A psychodrama based off Sophocles’s iconic Greek tragedy, Nechamkin says its one of his top-ten favorite works of all time.

“The compositional prowess, the intensity, the orchestral writing, the use of drama throughout the music, it’s a roller-coaster ride,” he said.

Queens audiences will have a chance to experience the piece firsthand this Sunday, when Opera Forum performs it at Saint Luke’s Church in Forest Hills.

Nechamkin says that while audiences and performers may initially approach the piece a bit intimidated, he has seen it transform into a favorite piece of all time for many.

“The performers all went into it with either fright or trepidation,” he said. “At first, you don’t know what’s going on, but then you start getting fluent, and it gets amazing. Several have said it’s become their favorite opera.”

The event will take place at 3 p.m., with a complimentary wine-and-cheese reception afterwards with a chance to meet the artists.

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