Salonen Leads Chéreau's Acclaimed 'Elektra'
Saturday, April 30, 2016
This Saturday at 1 pm, listen to the live broadcast of Richard Strauss's powerful Elektra from the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Based on the Sophocles play, the opera follows the title character's quest for revenge for the murder of her father, Agamemnon.
The great Swedish soprano, Nina Stemme stars as Elektra, one of the most demanding soprano parts in the repertory, and Waltraud Meier sings the role of Klytämnestra, Eletkra's mother and the object of her rage. Eric Owens and Adrianne Pieczonka portray her siblings, Orest and Chrysothemis, respectively.
The production, which updates Sophocles's story to an indeterminate contemporary setting, was conceived by Patrice Chéreau, who died shortly after its premiere at the at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2013. It has received great acclaim in its previous runs in France and Milan, as well as in its current presentation at the Met.
Elektra: Nina Stemme
Chrysothemis: Adrianne Pieczonka
Klytämnestra: Waltraud Meier
Aegisth: Burkhard Ulrich
Orest: Eric Owens
Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen