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17 May 2017 (Wed), 19:00 World famous Mariinsky Ballet and Opera - Mariinsky II (New Theatre) - Stars of the Stars  Opera Elektra (opera in one act) by Richard Strauss

Running time: 1 hour 55 minutes (till 20:55)


Schedule for Elektra (opera in one act) by Richard Strauss 2017

Conductor: Michael Guttler

Composer: Richard Strauss
Principal Chorus Master: Andrei Petrenko
Musical Director: Maestro Valery Gergiev
Composer: Richard Strauss
Stage Director: Jonathan Kent
Set Designer: Paul Brown
Lighting Designer: Tim Mitchell

Orchestra: Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra
Opera company: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera

Opera in 1 acts

Performed in German with synchronised Russian supertitles

World premiere: 25 January 1909, Hofoper, Dresden, Germany
Premiere in Russia: 18 February 1913 Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
Premiere of this production: 6 May 2007, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia

Elektra is consumed by hatred. She only loves the dead and the lost: her nefariously murdered father, Agamemnon, and her banished brother, Orest. She bides her time. For the hour when she can avenge herself against her mother, Klytaemnestra, and her mother’s lover, Aegisth. The bodies of the main characters are rotting with inner decay. Like the living dead, their actions are contained in a space without walls. Only Elektra’s sister, Chrysothemis, still nurses hope of a happy, prosperous existence. It is a familial tragedy of recurring afflictions, of violence and monstrous acts, written by Richard Strauss in 1909 to a libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. An intimate chamber drama accompanied by a massive orchestral score, this is a psychological study of guilt and atonement, of forgiveness, revenge and the question of justice, played out in an atmosphere of imminent doom. The composer shocked his contemporaries with the music to "Elektra". Following the scandalous premiere in Dresden, the score was vilified as a "riotous cacophony of noise. Strauss himself admitted that in this work he had approached "the outer limits of psychic polyphony".

Elektra is a one-act opera by Richard Strauss, to a German-language libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal adapted from his drama of 1903—the first of many such collaborations between composer and librettist. It was first performed at the Dresden State Opera on January 25, 1909, and remains a part of the standard operatic repertoire.

 


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"Press Release: The Return of a Legendary Opera: Premiere of Richard Strauss’ Elektra at the Mariinsky Theatre (May 2007)"
Provided by Wikipedia - Elektra (opera)

 




Synopsis

All of Elektra´s thoughts are focussed on avenging the death of her father Agamemnon, killed by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisth. She avoids all communication with the murderers, patiently bearing the cruel treatment of her stepfather and the servants´ ridicule; she lives among the dogs and remains true to her decision to be a living reproof in this house, where the crime was committed. She awaits her brother Orest and hopes he will punish the evil couple. With a threatening expression on her face she openly declares to Clytemnestra that all her thoughts and desires are aimed at killing her and Aegisth with Orest´s help. At the same time two travellers arrive with news of Orest´s death. Elektra then begs her sister Chrysothemis to help her in her mission of revenge but Chrysothemis pulls away in terror. Elektra is filled with determination to carry out her plan alone and digs up the axe with which Aegisth killed Agamemnon. A stranger enters. Although his unusual tone initially troubles Elektra, she soon recognises him to be her brother when the old servants fall at his knees. One calls on Orest to act, and together they enter the queen´s palace. In a state of extreme anxiety, Elektra keeps watch at the gates and runs back and forth like a caged animal. Clytemnestra´s piercing scream is heard from inside the palace. When Aegisth returns home, with sly cordiality Elektra meets him and tells him that there are two messengers in the palace with "the mistress" who have brought news of Orest´s death. Aegisth enters the palace where Orest kills him. In ecstasy, Elektra begins a triumphant dance. "Those as happy as we can only be silent and dance!" She makes a few convulsive movements and then falls to the ground, lifeless.




Schedule for Elektra (opera in one act) by Richard Strauss 2017


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