Salonen Leads Chéreau's Acclaimed 'Elektra'

« previous episode | next episode »

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Nina Stemme stars in the Met's production of 'Elektra.' Nina Stemme stars in the Met's production of 'Elektra.' (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

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. 

Cast:

Elektra: Nina Stemme
Chrysothemis: Adrianne Pieczonka
Klytämnestra: Waltraud Meier
Aegisth: Burkhard Ulrich
Orest: Eric Owens

Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen

Comments [4]

Concetta Nardone from Nassau

Beduzzo, hope you are well. WOW, what an opera.
What orchestration.
Emjoy the summer.

Apr. 30 2016 03:10 PM
Theodore Cerame from Perris, CA

NINA WE LOVE YOU !!!

Apr. 30 2016 03:08 PM

Beduzza mia, adddio until the new season or maybe during the Summer. These 3 ladies ALMOST made me forget Nilsson, Rysanek, Resnick ALMOST. What an opera !

Apr. 30 2016 02:58 PM
Norman Weil from East Meadow,New York

I hope that this production has the completely overwhelming
climax that Richard Strauss and Von Hofmannsthal created for
Elektra,when Elektra has expired after her frenzied dance
of vengeance,her gentle sister,Chrysothemis,terrified by the
deaths and murders around her,cries out for help to her brother
by pounding on the door and crying out"Oreste.Oreste."This completely
shattering culmination to Elektra has not been included in productions
that I've seen -even by celebrated directors.Richard Strauss and Von
Hofmannsthal got it completely right the first time.

Apr. 30 2016 02:12 PM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

The WQXR e-newsletter. Show highlights, links to music news, on-demand concerts, events from The Greene Space and more.