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Elektra

The legendary Astrid Varnay gives a spectacular performance in the title role of Strauss’s one-act masterpiece. Obsessed with avenging the murder of her father, Elektra is blind to the longings of her sister, Chrysothemis (Walburga Wegner), for a peaceful life. She taunts her mother, Klytämnestra (Elisabeth Höngen), with the gruesome fantasy of a bloody death at Elektra’s hands. But Varnay’s nuanced portrayal of Elektra’s tortured soul is at its most gripping in the tender moments of reunion with her brother Orest (Paul Schöffler). The great Fritz Reiner conducts a rich, dramatic performance.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Feb 23, 1952
Composer
Richard Strauss
Librettist
Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Run Time
1 HRS 42 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Fritz Reiner
Elektra
Astrid Varnay
Chrysothemis
Walburga Wegner
Klytæmnestra
Elisabeth Höngen
Aegisthus
Set Svanholm
Orest
Paul Schöffler
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