Strauss's Elektra

Krzysztof Warlikowski (stage director), Franz Welser-Möst (conductor) — With Aušrinė Stundytė (Elektra)...

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Krzysztof Warlikowski — Stage director

Małgorzata Szczęśniak — Set designer, costume designer

Felice Ross — Lighting designer

Kamil Polak — Video designer

Claude Bardouil — Choreographer

Christian Longchamp — Dramaturgy

Aušrinė Stundytė — Elektra

Tanja Ariane Baumgartner — Klytämnestra

Asmik Grigorian — Chrysothemis

Michael Laurenz — Aegisth

Derek Welton — Orest

Tilmann Rönnebeck — Orest's Tutor

Verity Wingate — The Trainbearer

Valeriia Savinskaia — The Confidante

Matthäus Schmidlechner — A Young Servant

Jens Larsen — An Old Servant

Sonja Šarić — The Overseer

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Celebrate the triumphant return of the famed Salzburg Festival with this extraordinary production of Richard Strauss’s Elektra, live from the spectacular Felsenreitschule! Lithuanian soprano Aušrinė Stundytė makes her grand debut on the mythical festival stage in the title role, accompanied by the marvelous Ariane Baumgartner and Asmik Grigorian in the roles of Klytaemnestra and Chrysothemis, respectively.

Sophocles' masterwork, the epitome of Ancient Greek tragedy, continues to surprise and move us across the centuries in librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal's stirring adaptation, directed here by a legend of the theatre. Stage director Krzysztof Warlikowski breathes new life into the myth of Elektra, daughter of Mycenaean king Agamemnon, assassinated after the Trojan Wars by his wife Klytaemnestra and her lover Aegisth. The heroine will stop at nothing to protect her banished younger brother Orest, seen as a threat to the throne, and avenge her father’s death...

Photo: Tanja Ariane Baumgartner (Klytämnestra), Ausrine Stundyte (Elektra) © SF/ Bernd Uhlig

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