Elektra - Opera - Season 21/22 Programming - Opéra national de Paris

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    Elektra

    Richard Strauss

    Opéra Bastille - from 10 May to 01 June 2022

    Emma Birski / OnP

  • Charles Duprat / OnP

    [EXTRAIT] ELEKTRA by Richard Strauss (Waltraud Meier) [EXTRAIT] ELEKTRA by Richard Strauss (Waltraud Meier)

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Elektra

Opéra Bastille - from 10 May to 01 June 2022

Elektra

Opera Richard Strauss

Opéra Bastille - from 10 May to 01 June 2022

1h45 no interval

Language : German

Surtitle : French / English

  • Opening night : 10 May 2022

About

In few words:

“Over the course of a slow twilight”. Such was the stage direction which Hofmannsthal gave for a performance of Elektra, the one-act tragedy of unheard-of darkness and violence by Richard Strauss. It is also an expression often used to describe the waning days of the Austro- Hungarian Empire and cosmopolitan Europe, namely, the opening years of the 20th century. Everything in Robert Carsen’s production, from the shadow play and spectral apparitions to the choreography, contributes to the sense of impending doom. With its monumental orchestra and voices pushed to the limits, post-Wagnerism reaches its most extreme limits and ignites once and for all in Elektra.

CHARACTERS

Electra: Daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon, whose death she wishes to avenge. Sister to Chrysothemis and Orestes.
Clytemnestra: Mother of Electra, Chrysothemis and Orestes. Widow of Agamemnon, whom she murdered with her lover Aegisthus.
Chrysothemis: Daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon.
Orestes: Son of Clytemnestra, who chased him out of the family palace, and of Agamemnon, whose death he wishes to avenge.
Aegisthus: Clytemnestra’s new husband who murdered her first husband, Agamemnon.

  • Opening
  • First part 100 mn
  • End

Quiz: Strauss, ok... but which one?

4 min

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Quiz: Strauss, ok... but which one?

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Audio clips

Elektra (saison 21/22) - Elektra (Christine Goerke) & Orest (Tomas Tomasson)

Elektra (saison 21/22) - Elektra (Christine Goerke)

Elektra (saison 21/22) - Elektra (Christine Goerke)

Elektra (saison 21/22)- Chrysothemis (Elza Van Den Heever) & Choeurs

About the work

Media coverage

  • Revived in Paris in Robert Carsen's production, Richard Strauss' work is brought to heights of tragic intensity by soprano Christine Goerke.

    L'Humanité - Maurice Ulrich
  • Robert Carsen’s intense, uncluttered and visual production impresses once again.

    Classique mais pas has been
  • An Elektra for History, to be admired under the baton of a great chef and served by a great production.

    Artistik Rezo - Hélène Kuttner

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