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Elektra to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 6 January

Another chance to hear Andris Nelsons conduct Richard Strauss’s most daring opera.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

2 January 2014 at 10.26am | Comment on this article

The Royal Opera’s performance of Richard Strauss’s Elektra will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 6 January at 7.30pm.

The opera returned to Covent Garden in September 2013. The cast, highly acclaimed by critics for their thrilling performances, included Christine Goerke, Adrianne Pieczonka, Michaela Schuster, Iain Paterson and John Daszak, conducted by Andris Nelsons.

The Story

Elektra is a powerful portrait of the ultimate dysfunctional family. The opera tells the violent story of Elektra who, following the death of her father at the hands of her mother, becomes desperately obsessed with avenging his murder. It is one of a number of operas based on classical myth.

The Music

At just 90 minutes, Elektra is one of Strauss’s most concentrated and dramatic works. Modernist in style and instrumentation, it is both emotionally and technically demanding. Watch an interview with conductor Andris Nelsons about the challenges of the score.

The score features the ‘Agamemnon motif’ throughout, a powerful musical idea that vividly re-enforces the themes of obsession and revenge. Find out more about the Agamemnon motif.

Review

Read audience reactions to the opening night and add your own thoughts.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

2 January 2014 at 10.26am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged BBC Radio 3, broadcast, Elektra, radio, Radio 3, Richard Strauss, Strauss, The Royal Opera

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