Richard Strauss, Elektra

Eine Produktion der Salzburger Festspiele 2020
Franz Welser-Möst, Wiener Philharmoniker, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor

Stage Director: Krzysztof Warlikowski

Label: Unitel Edition, 2021


Elektra, Ausrine Stundyte
Klytämnestra, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner
Chrysothemis, Asmik Grigorian
Aegisth, Michael Laurenz
Orest, Derek Welton
Orest’s tutor, Tilmann Rönnebeck
Trainbearer, Verity Wingate
Confidante, Valeriia Savinskaia
A young servant, Matthäus Schmidlechner
An old servant, Jens Larsen
The overseer, Sonja Šarić
Five Maidservants, Bonita Hyman, Katie Coventry, Deniz Uzun, Sinéad Campbell-Wallace, Natalia Tanasii
Video Director: Myriam Hoyer
A production of ORF, Unitel
in co-production with ZDF/ARTE
in cooperation with Wiener Philharmoniker and Salzburg Festival

“To have chosen Elektra of all pieces, was audacious – and to have brought it off so well, triumphant” (The Times)
“highlight of the centenary season” (The Telegraph)
“a highly atmospheric psychological thriller. No character remains one-dimensional, everyone has their biographies, nobody gets it right” (Die Zeit)

In its 100th anniversary edition, the Salzburg Festival celebrates a real triumph with a mind-blowing new production of Elektra, one of the most famous masterpieces of opera history by the two festival founders Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The Lithuanian soprano Ausrine Stundyte as vengeful and traumatized Elektra turns the opening of the Festival into a real knockout performance! Her sister Chrysotemis is sung by her compatriot Asmik Grigorian, who made her international breakthrough as acclaimed Salome at the 2018 Salzburg Festival, and whose performance once again draws the audience into spell. Tanja Ariane Baumgartner as Klytämnestra, Derek Welton as Orest and Michael Laurenz as  Ägisth complete an ensemble of top-notch singers. The staging by Krzysztof Warlikowski of this work about matricide, obsession, revenge and physical degradation is a deep psychological study of a broken family. Franz Welser-Möst, who just recently celebrated an overwhelming success with Strauss’ Salome in Salzburg brings his trademark flair to the pit where the brilliantly effervescent and then again heartrendingly gentle playing Wiener Philharmoniker create gloriously exultant Strauss moments.

DVD, Blu-ray

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