ELEKTRA by Richard Strauss to be staged at Opéra de Montréal


ELEKTRA is a one-act opera written by Bavarian composer and conductor Richard Strauss, on a libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal that rewrites the Sophocles drama. The collaboration of Strauss and Hofmannsthal also produced 5 other operas, among which SALOME.

ELEKTRA was created in 1909 in Dresden and displays the summit of Strauss’ art of “symphonic operas”. The score is for a disproportionately big orchestra (111 musicians), with several unusual instruments, an extremely strong brass part, and what was considered a revolution at the time: celli and violas split up in sections. Be it because of the extent of the orchestral scope or through the use of “leitmotivs” for each character, one feels the influence of Strauss’ role model Richard Wagner.

“In just one act, a steady build-up of tension, violence, and powerful emotions… a raging orchestra… voices taken to their limits… a high-calibre cast under the fiery baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. New sets designed by sculptor Victor Ochoa." Opéra de Montréal

ELEKTRA by Richard Strauss
Direction : Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Stage design: Victor Ochoa
November 21 to 28, 2015

The role of Klytaemnestra (Elektra’s mother) will be held by Munich-based soprano Nicola Beller-Carbone.

The State of Bavaria Quebec Office and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Montreal proudly support the premiere of the opera, on November 21.

More info: www.operademontreal.com