Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Jan. 22, 1994)
Composer: Richard Strauss
Librettist: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Levine; Behrens, Voigt, Fassbaender, King, McIntyre
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 46 min.
Met Music Director James Levine brings aching lyricism and dramatic intensity to one of opera’s most gripping scores. The great Hildegard Behrens takes on the towering title role of a murdered king’s daughter obsessed with avenging her father’s death. Brigitte Fassbaender is magnetic as Klytämnestra, Elektra’s mother, and Deborah Voigt delivers a moving portrayal of Chrysothemis. Donald McIntyre as Orest and James King as Aegisth complete the all-star cast. This performance is taken from the DVD box set celebrating 40 Years of James Levine at the Met.