Elektra

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Composer:

Richard Strauss

Librettist:

Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Premiere:

25 January 1909, Dresden (Semper Opernhaus)

Language:

German

Synopsis:

Elektra Synopsis

Libretto:

Elektra Libretto

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About the opera Elektra

Elektra is a one-act opera by Richard Strauss, to a German-language libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, which he adapted from his 1903 drama Elektra. The opera was the first of many collaborations between Strauss and Hofmannsthal. It was first performed at the Dresden State Opera on January 25, 1909.
Elektra is musically complex and difficult, and requires great stamina for the singers and orchestra. The role of Elektra is one of the most demanding in the dramatic soprano repertoire. Nevertheless, it is regularly performed. It is today's most frequently performed opera based on classical Greek mythology. Despite being based on ancient Greek mythology, the opera is highly modernist and expressionist. Hofmannsthal and Strauss's adaptation of the story focuses tightly on Elektra and Klytaemnestra, Elektra's mother and murderer of Agamemnon, Elektra's father. Everything else from the ancient story is minimized as background to these two characters. Other aspects of the ancient story are completely excluded, tightening the focus on Elektra's furious lust for revenge. The result is a very modern, expressionistic retelling of the ancient Greek myth. Compared to Sophocles's Electra, the opera presents raw, brutal, violent, and bloodthirsty horror.
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Roles in Elektra

Elektra Soprano
Chrysothemis Soprano
Klytaemnestra Contralto or Mezzo-Soprano
Her confidante Soprano
Her trainbearer Soprano
A young servant Tenor
An old servant Bass
Orest Baritone

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All scenes from Elektra

Arias from Elektra
Duets from Elektra

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Allein weh ganz allein

Opera: ElektraComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elektra
2Orest Orest es ruhrt sich niemand

Opera: ElektraComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elektra
3Ich hab's wie Feuer in der Brust

Opera: ElektraComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Chrysothemis
4Wie stark du bist

Opera: ElektraComposer: StraussAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elektra
5Ich will nichts hören

Opera: ElektraComposer: StraussAct:

Type: duetVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elektra
6Elektra Schwester

Opera: ElektraComposer: StraussAct:

Type: Voice: Language: German

Roles:
7Was willst du fremder Mensch?

Opera: ElektraComposer: StraussAct:

Type: Voice: S BrLanguage: German

Roles: