Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - Start: 8:00 PM

Tragedy in one act by Richard Strauss (Salzburg Festival 2010, Großes Festspielhaus). A production of UNITEL CLASSICA and Arthaus Musik

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Chrysothemis and Iréne Theorin as Elektra.
Eva-Maria Westbroek as Chrysothemis and Iréne Theorin as Elektra.
"Elektra," as director Nikolaus Lehnhoff explained his interpretation of the tragedy by Richard Strauss, "is obsessed by the idea of avenging the murder of her father. Agamemnon is the centre and the demon of her ‘idée fixe´. Elektra lives exclusively in the past and as a figure: she only exists in conjunction with this idea. Due to this absolute fixation on the idea, the human being becomes a puppet – a cruel act of self-abandonment and loss of identity. The opera takes place in a space dominated primarily by Electra, a control centre for her obsession. She has dug herself into this fortification of thoughts, a shell that is both protection and a trap. The piece is about the visualisation of inner states, about existential emergencies and coercive situations. It all ends in self-delusion and self-destruction, culminating in a danse macabre. The drama ends with the same fundamental problem it has opened with; only the roles have been reversed. There is no way out of the circle of crime. The spell has not been lifted. The Erinyes are just outside the door."


Conductor: Daniele Gatti | >Director: Nikolaus Lehnhoff | Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic | Duration: 110 minutes | Featuring: Waltraud Meier (Klytämnestra), Iréne Theorin (Elektra), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Chrysothemis), Robert Gambill (Aegisth), René Pape (Orest)