Surely, Clytaemnestra, her husband Agamemnon, and their kids Elektra and Orestes, qualify as one of the most dysfunctional families in all of literature, not to mention opera. Elektra takes the lead in this chapter of their appalling, yet absorbing history.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone brings us Strauss's "Elektra" in a production from the Vienna State Opera. The stars are soprano Nina Stemme as Elektra; soprano Ricarda Merbeth as Chrysothemis, Elektra's slightly more stable sister; and contralto Anna Larsson as their mother, Clytemnestra.
Elektra: Nina Stemme (soprano)
Clytemnestra: Anna Larsson (contralto)
Chrysothemis: Ricarda Merbeth (soprano)
Orestes: Falk Struckmann (baritone)
Aegisthus: Norbert Ernst (tenor)
First Maid: Monika Bohinec (contralto)
Second Maid: Ilseyar Khayrullova (soprano)
Third Maid: Ulrike Helzel (mezzo-soprano)
Fourth Maid: Caroline Wenborne (soprano)
Fifth Maid: Ildikó Raimondi (soprano)
Trainbearer: Aura Twarowska (soprano)
Tutor: Wolfgang Bankl (bass)
Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Mikko Franck, conductor