Strauss's Elektra

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Richard Strauss's Elektra is rarely performed in New York, in part because it includes two very demanding roles for sopranos. But for this production--a revival of Otto Schenk’s 1992 staging--the Met has two highly capable stars: Britain's Susan Bullock, a veteran of 50 performances in the title role, and Deborah Voigt, as Elektra's sister, Chrysothemis. Poet-playwright Hugo von Hofmannsthal wrote the libretto based on his own play about the vengeful repercussions of the murder of King Agamennon by his wife Klytamnestra and her lover Aegisth.

Program Details

Music by Richard Strauss
Text in German by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, after Greek tragedies by Sophocles, Euripides, and Aeschylus

The Cast:

Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Elektra: Susan Bullock
Chrysothemis: Deborah Voigt
Klytämnestra: Felicity Palmer
Aegisth: Wolfgang Schmidt
Orest: Evgeny Nikitin

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