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Elektra (DVD) - Levine, Behrens, Voigt, Met Opera

Item# 811357013274


Elektra
Composer: Richard Strauss
Recorded: January 1994
Conductor: James Levine
Artists:

Hildegard Behrens
Deborah Voigt
Brigitte Fassbaender
James King
Donald McIntyre

Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Chorus: Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Region: Region Free, Worldwide

Elektra
Shortly after conquering the opera world with his
scandalous masterpiece Salome, Richard Strauss turned to
Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s recent adaptation of Sophocles’s Electra for his next project. The resulting opera is an intense and still-startling work that unites the commanding impact of Greek tragedy with the unsettling insights of early-20th-century Freudian psychology. World premiere: Court Opera, Dresden, 1909. Met premiere: December 3, 1932.

Composer
Richard Strauss (1864–1949)

Setting
The story takes place in Mycenae, Greece, some years after the end of the Trojan War. This mythically resonant era has inspired opera composers for centuries. The Met’s production is set in an unspecified contemporary space.

Met History
Met performances of Elektra have been dominated by a succession of outstanding singing actresses who took on the tour-de-force title role: Rose in 1938, Astrid Varnay in 1952 and beginning in 1966, Birgit Nilsson. In the first few decades, Elektra frequently shared
the stage on double bills with such unlikely companions as
Gianni Schicchi, Pagliacci, or Menotti’s Amelia Goes to the Ball.

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