Richard Strauss

Tragedy in one act
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

New Production
In coproduction with Festival d’Aix en Provence;
Metropolitan Opera House, New York;
Finnish National Opera, Helsinki;
Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin
and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona 


From 18 May to 10 June 2014

Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Sung in German with electronic libretto in Italian, English, German

Notes on the performancesOpen 
It is always a shock to relive the Mycenaean legend of Elektra, shouted by the orchestra of Strauss, that has replaced with expressionistic fury the ancient Chorus of Greek Tragedies. In the libretto by Hofmannsthal, the tale of Sophocles is reinterpreted in a dark Freudian nightmare atmosphere: a meeting of the subconscious with Greco-Germanic atrocities. The powerful single act recounts the hatred of the protagonist for her mother, Klytämnestra, who is responsible for the murder of her husband Agamemnon. Elektra dies while dancing with joy upon her brother Orest killing their mother in her sleep. The satanic story of revenge of this psychoanalytical Hellas will be aroused by the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen who will have a stellar cast at his disposal. The guilty mother will be played by Waltraud Meier, the degenerate daughter by Evelyn Herlitzius and the matricidal brother by René Pape. It will be directed by Patrice Chéreau, recently passed away, who had put on some of the most memorable productions at La Scala. If he had chosen such a raw opera, with scenes by Richard Peduzzi, he must have had something strong in mind.


Esa-Pekka Salonen
Patrice Chéreau
revived by
Vincent Huguet
Richard Peduzzi
Caroline De Vivaise
Dominique Bruguière


Waltraud Meier
Evelyn Herlitzius
Adrianne Pieczonka
Tom Randle
René Pape
Der Pfleger des Orest
Franz Mazura
Die Vertraute
Renate Behle
Die Schleppträgerin
Andrea Hill
Ein Junger Diener
Michael Pflumm
Ein Alter Diener
Donald Mcintyre
Die Aufseherin
Renate Behle
Erste Mägd
Bonita Hyman
Zweite Mägd
Andrea Hill
Dritte Mägd
Silvia Hablowetz
Vierte Mägd
Marie-Eve Munger
Funfte Mägd
Roberta Alexander
Teatro alla Scala