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Elektra

One of the great broadcasts in Met history, this performance of Strauss’s stunning one-act drama truly deserves the adjective “legendary.” The incomparable Birgit Nilsson delivers a searing portrayal of the title heroine, the Greek princess obsessed with avenging the murder of her father, Agamemnon. A passionate Leonie Rysanek is her sister, Chrysothemis, who longs for a normal life and begs Elektra to give up her fixation. Thomas Stewart sings Orest, their brother, and Jean Madeira, in her final Met appearance, gives a chilling performance as Klytämnestra, Elektra’s mother. Strauss friend and protégé Karl Böhm conducts with unmatched authority and passion.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Feb 27, 1971
Composer
Richard Strauss
Librettist
Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Run Time
1 HRS 38 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Karl Böhm
Elektra
Birgit Nilsson
Chrysothemis
Leonie Rysanek
Klytæmnestra
Jean Madeira
Aegisthus
Robert Nagy
Orest
Thomas Stewart
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