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Richard Strauss Elektra

Opera in one act, Op. 58
Text by Hugo von Hofmannsthal after Sophocle' tragedy

New production
In German with German and English surtitles


  • 08 August 2010, 20:00


  • 12 August 2010, 20:30
  • 16 August 2010, 20:00
  • 20 August 2010, 20:00
  • 23 August 2010, 20:00
  • 28 August 2010, 20:00

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Daniele Gatti, Conductor
Nikolaus Lehnhoff, Stage Director
Daniel Dooner, Associate Director
Raimund Bauer, Set Design
Andrea Schmidt-Futterer, Costume Design
Duane Schuler, Lighting
Denni Sayers, Choreography
Martin Kern , Video
Thomas Lang, Chorus Master


Waltraud Meier, Klytämnestra
Iréne Theorin, Elektra, her daughter
Janice Baird (16.08), Elektra, her daughter
Eva-Maria Westbroek, Chrysothemis, her daughter
Robert Gambill, Aegisth
René Pape, Orest
Oliver Zwarg, Orest's Tutor
Benjamin Hulett, A Young Servant
Josef Stangl, An Old Servant
Orla Boylan, The Overseer
Maria Radner, First Maidservant
Martina Mikelić, Second Maidservant
Stephanie Atanasov, Third Maidservant
Eva Leitner, Fourth Maidservant
Anita Watson, Fifth Maidservant
Arina Holecek, The Confidante
Barbara Reiter, The Trainbearer

Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus
Vienna Philharmonic


Electra is obsessed with the idea of avenging her father’s murder. Agamemnon is the center and demon of her idée fixe. Electra lives exclusively in the past; as a figure, she is only existent in combination with this idea. Through this absolute fixation upon the idea, the person becomes a marionette – a cruel act of self-abandonment and loss of identity.
The opera takes place in a space occupied primarily by Electra, a command center of her obsession. She has almost walled herself up in the fortress of her thoughts, a shell that is a refuge and a trap at the same time. The piece is about the visualization of inner states, about existential emergencies and forced situations.
In the end, what remains is self-deception and self-destruction, culminating in a dance of death. The drama ends with the same basic problems as it began. Only the roles have been changed. There is no way out of the cycle of crime. The curse remains. The Erinyes are just outside the door.

Nikolaus Lehnhoff