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Origin Stories: Strauss' Elektra

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
Dates/times in London time zone
Sunday 07 February 202119:30
Programme
Strauss, Richard (1864-1949)Elektra (in concert)
Performers
Esa-Pekka SalonenConductor
Iréne TheorinSopranoElektra
Anna LarssonContraltoKlytaemnestra
Lise DavidsenSopranoChrysothemis
Peixin ChenBassOrest
Alan OkeTenorAegisth
Philharmonia Orchestra
Philharmonia Voices

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss’s operatic tour de force, a powerful insight into the mind of a grieving daughter hell-bent on revenge.

The towering centrepiece of the Philharmonia’s Origin Stories: Greek Myth in Music series, Elektra is an opera of searing emotional intensity. Strauss builds a complex psychological portrait of a family shattered by violence: Elektra herself obsessed with avenging the death of her father Agamemnon; her mother Klytemnestra haunted to the brink of madness by her role in Agamemnon’s murder; her sister Chrysothemis desperate to escape this vortex of horror; and her brother Orest destined to bring about its bloody conclusion.

The title role is a huge challenge for the soprano, who scarcely leaves the stage for the opera’s 100 minutes. Iréne Theorin takes it on with relish. In previous performances, “Theorin was nothing short of miraculous... a pillar of artistic strength” (Classical Voice America).


Insights Day: Origin Stories 

12-4pm, Level 5, Function Room, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall

The myths of the Ancient Greeks have been a rich source for novelists, playwrights, poets and composers over many centuries. Join a panel of experts to take an in-depth look at their enduring relevance and creative power.

© Chris Gloag
© Chris Gloag
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