2 January 2014 at 10.26am | Comment on this article
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.
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.
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.