Watch: Andris Nelsons on Elektra
The Latvian conductor on the emotional and technical demands of Richard Strauss’s gripping drama.
26 September 2013 at 2.43pm | Comment on this article
Telling the violent story of a daughter desperately obsessed with avenging her father’s murder, Richard Strauss’s Elektra is famously intense with a complex and challenging score. We spent time with Andris Nelsons in rehearsal with The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and he told us about the rewards and challenges of working on the opera.
‘For conductors who love Strauss, this is one of the most exciting operas you can conduct,’ says Andris. ‘Starting from the extremely soft, intimate moments when the soloists can whisper, to the explosions when you think your ears will explode… Elektra is a special, extraordinary piece.’
Starring the acclaimed Christine Goerke in the title role, the production has received rave reviews since opening night, and was described in the Evening Standard as ‘a gripping revival that is superbly sung and conducted’. Read audience reactions to the first night.
The opera’s score features the ‘Agamemnon motif’ throughout, a powerful musical idea that vividly portrays the anguish of a feuding family and re-enforces the themes of obsession and revenge. Find out more about the Agamemnon motif.