ELEKTRA

Saturday, August 1, 2020 - Start: 5:00 PM

Tragedy in one act by Richard Strauss (Salzburg Festival 2020, Felsenreitschule – in German). A co-production by ORF, 3sat, ZDF/Arte and UNITEL

Aušrine˙ Stundyte˙ sings the title role.
Aušrine˙ Stundyte˙ sings the title role.
Asmik Grigorian appears as Chrysothemis.
Asmik Grigorian appears as Chrysothemis.
It was Gertrud Eysoldt’s portrayal of the title role of Hofmannsthal’s tragedy Elektra which convinced Richard Strauss in November 1903 to tackle an opera in one act based on the play. Strauss partially abridged the original in order to concentrate the libretto on the relationships between the sisters Elektra and Chrysothemis – one of them siding with death, the other with life -, between Elektra and her mother Clytemnestra and also between Elektra and her brother Orestes, whose appearance finally lends her life meaning, as the revenge she has continuously imagined can finally be carried out. The world premiere on January 25, 1909 in Dresden was an overwhelming event. With the first chords, the composer set his audience on fire. Elektra’s lament, her first great monologue „Allein! Weh, ganz allein!“, is followed by that monument of modern music which remains in our ear from the very first time we hear it: the invocation of Agamemnon, that desperate plea for the father’s shadow to reveal itself to her, at the very hour he was murdered by Clytemnestra.

Cast

Conductor: Franz Welser­Möst | Director: Krzysztof Warlikowski | Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic | Duration: 100 minutes| Featuring: Tanja Ariane Baumgartner (Klytämnestra), Aušrine˙ Stundyte˙ (Elektra), Asmik Grigorian (Chrysothemis), Michael Laurenz (Aegisth), Derek Welton (Orest), Tilmann Rönnebeck (Orest’s Tutor)