In the title role, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham "put her own stamp on the part," wrote von Rhein, "bringing both nobility and vibrant vocal beauty to her affecting performance." Andrew Patner wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times that she gave "a performance of continuous dramatic power and musical mastery."
Co-starring were baritone Lucas Meachem as "an uncommonly youthful, robust-voiced Oreste"; tenor Paul Groves, "who sang sweetly and stylishly" as Pylade; and baritone Mark Delavan, who "blustered commandingly as the brutal [King] Thoas" (von Rhein). The Tribune critic also found that conductor Louis Langr_e "made an impressive Lyric debut, enforcing crisp unity between stage and pit while shaping the music in a seamless, idiomatic arc of sound."
Below are photos (by Dan Rest and Robert Kusel) from the production, which has seven more performances through October 27 at Lyric Opera of Chicago and travels to San Francisco Opera in June 2007.