Opera in concert version

Richard Strauss

18 Jan, 21

Musical conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen | Titular Chorus of the Teatro Real | Philharmonia Orchestra


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With Elektra, first seen at the Semperoper of Dresden in January 1909, Richard Strauss was positioned at the vanguard of German music by a violent and dissonant score never heard before in an opera house. Although the characters of this work had already appeared in numerous opera seria librettos dating from the Baroque period to Mozart and Rossini, Strauss and his librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal opted for tabula rasa. They returned to the barbarian and primal aspect of the original tragedy by Sophocles, aspiring to to a primitivism not far from Stravinskys Rite of Spring just a few years later. However Strauss’ groundbreaking did not stem from a pure desire to innovate, but- borrowing from the musical drama of Wagner - the composer rather remained true to his particular pragmatic aesthetic: When murdering a mother on stage, how can one be expected to compose a violin concerto?” In the portrayal of these characters, imbued with incipient Freudian theory about mental pathologies, Elektra is an overwhelming experience. It is to be performed by the first class Philharmonia Orchestra, invited for the occasion.

Tragödie in one act

Music by Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, based on the work of the same name by Sophocles

Premiered at the Semperoper of Dresden on the 25th of January, 1909
Premiered at the Teatro Real on the 3rd of November, 1998

Opera in concert version

Titular Chorus of the Teatro Real
(Coro Intermezzo)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Artistic team

Conductor I Esa-Pekka Salonen



Klytämnestra I Anna Larsson

Elektra I Irene Theorin

Chrysothemis I Lise Davidsen

Aegisth I Stefan Vinke

Orest I Peixin Chen



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18 January 2021


Main Auditorium

Anna Larsson, Irene Theorin, Lise Davidsen, Stefan Vinke, Peixin Chen
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