classical music

Strauss' Elektra

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss' operatic tour de force in the Philharmonia Orchestra's series based on Greek mythology.

Elektra tells the tragic story of a grieving daughter hell-bent on revenge.

The towering centrepiece of the Philharmonia's Origin Stories: Greek Myth in Music series, it's an opera of searing emotional intensity.

Strauss builds a complex psychological portrait of a family shattered by violence.

Elektra is obsessed with avenging the death of her father Agamemnon; her mother Clytemnestra is haunted to the brink of madness by her role in Agamemnon's murder; her sister Chrysothemis is desperate to escape this vortex of horror; and her brother Orestes is destined to bring about its bloody conclusion.

The title role is a huge challenge for the soprano, who scarcely leaves the stage for the opera's 100 minutes.

Iréne Theorin takes it on with relish. In previous performances, the New York Times praised 'her gleaming tone... her impassioned intensity', and Classical Voice America wrote 'Theorin was nothing short of miraculous... a pillar of artistic strength.'

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Iréne Theorin soprano, Elektra
Lise Davidsen soprano, Chrysothemis
Anna Larsson mezzo-soprano, Klytemnestra
Alan Oke tenor, Aegisth
Peixin Chen baritone, Orest
Philharmonia Voices

Repertoire

R Strauss: Elektra - opera in 1 act

Dates & times

7 Feb 2021
Approximate run time: 105 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£16 - £72
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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Event information
Please note that there is no interval in this performance.

Ticketing

Multi-buy discount

Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2020/21 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (13 December 2020), Gaspard’s Foxtrot (20 February 2021), Music of Today: Tyshawn Sorey and Music of Today: Víkingur Ólafsson (25 February 2021) and Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius (25 June 2021). Not available on Premium seats.

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Related events
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall at 12 noon: Experts weigh our enduring fascination with the myths of ancient Greece in the Philharmonia's Insights Day. Admission free