After its overwhelming success with the “Rosenkavalier“ the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden presents another Opera by Richard Strauss: Elektra. A one-act masterpiece inspired by Greek mythology, it is a dense, jagged cry for justice and vengeance. With its powerfully expressive chords, spooky waltz rhythms and mad dance of triumph, it shakes the audience to the core.
Staged originally for the Bayerische Staasoper by legendary German Director Herbert Wernicke and led by the most famous Strauss conductor of our time, Christian Thielemann, the production is one of the opera highlights of 2010. For this outstanding event, tenor René Kollo returned to the operatic stage. He is joined by an unbeatable cast.
As Electra the American soprano Linda Watson, today one of the most successful interpreters of the major operatic roles by composers such as Wagner and Strauss. As Klytämnestra the multi Grammy award-winning American soprano Jane Henschel. The German Soprano Manuela Uhl embodies Chrysothemnis, a role for which she enjoyed overwhelming success at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Also performing: German bass-baritone Albert Dohmen, who was enthusiastically celebrated as ‘Wozzeck’ at the 1997 Salzburg Festival and ‘Wotan’ at the Bayreuth Festivals of 2007 and 2009.
Linda Watson, Elektra
Jane Henschel, Klytämnestra
Manuela Uhl, Chrysothemis
René Kollo, Aegisth
Albert Dohmen, Orest
Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
Philharmonia Choir Vienna