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Elektra

Venue: Vienna State Opera

 
Opernring 2
1010 Wien
Austria
 
 
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Composer/Organizer: Richard Strauss

Synopsis


From a production of Elektra at the Royal Swedish Opera in 2009: Marianne Eklöf as Klytaemnestra surrounded by members of the opera house choir.

 

Before the opera begins

After the sacrifice of Iphigenia on the ruse that she is to be married, Klytaemnestra has come to hate her husband Agamemnon, who goes off to war against Troy. After his return, with the help of her paramour Aegisth, she murders her husband and now is afraid that her crime will be avenged by her other children, Elektra, Chrysothemis and their banished brother Orest. Elektra has managed to send her brother away while remaining behind to keep her father's memory alive, but all the while, suffering the scorn of her mother and the entire court.

 

The action

Five servants try to wash the courtyard of the Palace in Mycenae. While they do their work, they ask where can Elektra be, and she emerges from the shadows with a wild look on her face. The servants continue commenting how she came to be in that state and talk about how they taunt her only to receive insults from her. Only one servant shows mercy for her, but she is taken away by the overseer to be flogged.

Elektra comes back for her daily ritual in memory of her father, who upon his return from Troy was killed while bathing by Klytaemnestra and Aegisth and dragged out into the courtyard. Elektra now starts imagining the day when her father will be avenged and then of the ensuing celebration in which she will lead the triumphal dance.

Chrysothemis leaves the Palace but, unlike Elektra, she is meek and accommodating, and has remained on good terms with Klytaemnestra and Aegisth; she enjoys the privileges that come with being a Princess. She warns her sister that their mother plans to lock Elektra in a tower, but she is rebuffed. Chrysothemis does not wish to go on living a half-death in her own house: she wants to leave, marry and raise children. As loud sounds are heard inside, Elektra mocks her sister that it is her wedding party. In reality, Klytaemnestra has yet again been awakened by her own nightmares of being killed by Orest. Chrysothemis begs Elektra to leave, wishing only to speak to her mother. Followed by her retinue, Klytaemnestra comes to make another sacrifice to appease the gods, but she stops at the sight of Elektra and wishes that she were not there to disturb her. She asks the gods for the reason for her burdens, but Elektra appeases her by telling her mother that she is a goddess herself. Despite the protests of the Trainbearer and Confidante, Klytaemnestra climbs down to talk to Elektra.

Klytaemnestra confides to her daughter that she has been suffering nightmares every night and that she still has not found the way to appease the gods. But, she claims, once that happens, she will be able to sleep again. Elektra teases her mother with little pieces of information about the right victim that must be slain, but she changes the conversation to her brother and why he is not allowed back. To Elektra’s horror, Klytaemnestra says that he has become mad and keeps company with animals. She responds that this is not true and that all the gold that her mother has sent was not being used to support her son but to have him killed.

Then Elektra reveals who is to be the actual victim: it is Klytaemnestra herself. She goes on to describe how the gods must be appeased once and for all. She must be awakened and chased around the house just like an animal that is being hunted. Only when she wishes that all was over and after envying prisoners in their cells, she will come to realize that her prison is her own body. At that time, the axe with which she killed her husband and which will be handed to Orest by Elektra, will fall on her. Only then the dreams will stop. The Trainbearer and Confidante enter and whisper to her.

Klytaemnestra laughs hysterically and, mocking Elektra, leaves. Elektra wonders what has made her mother laugh. Chrysothemis comes to tell her: two messengers have arrived with the news that Orest is dead, trampled by his own horses. As a young servant comes out of the house to fetch the master, he trips over Elektra and Chrysothemis. Elektra does not relent and a terrified Chrysothemis listens as her sister demands that she help her to avenge their father, Elektra goes on to praise her sister and her beauty, promising that Elektra shall be her slave at her bridal chamber in exchange for the assistance in her task. Chrysothemis fights off her sister and flees. Elektra curses her.

Determined to do it alone, she digs for the axe that killed her father, but is interrupted by a mysterious man who comes into the courtyard. She hears that he is expecting to be called from within the Palace because he has a message for the lady of the house. He claims to be a friend of Orest, and says that he was with him at the time of his death. Elektra grieves and the man guesses that she must be a blood relative of Orest and Agamemnon. Then, taken aback, she recognizes him: it is Orest who has come back in disguise. Elektra is initially ecstatic, but also ashamed of what she has become and how she has sacrificed her own royal state for the cause.

Orest’s Tutor comes and interrupts the siblings; their task is dangerous and anything can jeopardize it. The Trainbearer and Confidante come out of the Palace and lead Orest in. A shout is heard from within the Palace, then a grim moan. Elektra smiles brightly, knowing that Orest has killed his mother. Aegisth arrives, he is ecstatic to have heard that Orest is dead and wishes to speak with the messengers. Elektra happily ushers him inside the palace. As Aegisth screams and calls for help, Elektra replies: “Agamemnon can hear you.”

Chrysothemis comes out of the Palace stating that Orest is inside and that he has killed Klytaemnestra and Aegisth. A massacre has begun with Orest’s followers killing those who supported Aegisth and the Queen. Elektra is ecstatic, Chrysothemis goes into the Palace to be with her brother, and Elektra begins to dance. As she reaches the climax of her dance, she falls to the ground: Elektra is dead. Banging on the Palace door, Chrysothemis calls for her brother. There is no answer.

 

 
Program and Cast
 

Season 2017/2018


CONDUCTOR - Ingo Metzmacher
DIRECTOR - Uwe Eric Laufenberg
STAGE - Rolf Glittenberg
COSTUMES - Marianne Glittenberg
LIGHT - Andreas Grüter

 
Klytämnestra - Waltraud Meier
Electra - Evelyn Herlitzius
Chrysothemis - Adrianne Pieczonka
Aegisth - Norbert Ernst
Orest - Johan Reuter

 

Season 16/17


Michael Boder | Conductor
Uwe Eric Laufenberg | Direction
Rolf Glittenberg | Stage
Marianne Glittenberg | Costumes
Andreas Grüter | Light

 

Waltraud Meier | Klytämnestra
Nina Stemme | Elektra
Regine Hangler | Chrysothemis
Herbert Lippert | Aegisth
Alan Held | Orest
N.N. | Aegisth
N.N. | Pfleger des Orest
N.N. | Vertraute
N.N. | Schleppträgerin
N.N. | Junger Diener
N.N. | Alter Diener
N.N. | Aufseherin
N.N. | 1. Magd
N.N. | 2. Magd
N.N. | 3. Magd
N.N. | 4. Magd
N.N. | 5. Magd
N.N. | 1. Dienerin
N.N. | 2. Dienerin
N.N. | 3. Dienerin
N.N. | 4. Dienerin
N.N. | 5. Dienerin
N.N. | 6. Dienerin

 

 

Franz Welser-Möst | Dirigent
Uwe Eric Laufenberg | Regie
Rolf Glittenberg | Bühne
Marianne Glittenberg | Kostüme
Andreas Grüter | Licht
Mario Ferrara | Bühnenbildassistenz
Elke Scheuermann | Kostümassistenz

November 2015

Peter Schneider | Conductor
Uwe Eric Laufenberg | Director
Rolf Glittenberg | Stage
Marianne Glittenberg | Costumes
Andreas Grüter | Light
     
Anna Larsson | Clytemnestra
Nina Stemme | Elektra
Anne Schwanewilms | Chrysothemis
Herbert Lippert | Aegisthus
Matthias Goerne | Orestes
N.N. | Aegisthus
N.N. | Nurse of Orestes
N.N. | Pets
N.N. | Trainbearer
N.N. | Young servant
N.N. | Age servants
N.N. | Warden
N.N. | 1. maid
N.N. | 2. maid
N.N. | 3. maid
N.N. | 4. maid
N.N. | 5. maid
N.N. | 1. Servant
N.N. | 2. Servant
N.N. | 3. Servant
N.N. | 4. Servant
N.N. | 5. Servant
N.N. | 6. servant

 

 
Venue
 
Vienna State Opera
 

Public Transport
 

Subway lines: U1, U2, U4
Trams: 1, 2, D, J, 62, 65
Buses: 59A
Local Railway: Badner Bahn
Stops: Karlsplatz / Opera

Taxi stands are available nearby.

 

Parking



Parking is only € 6, - for eight hours!

The Wiener Staatsoper and the ÖPARK Kärntner Ring Garage on Mahlerstraße 8, under the “Ringstraßengalerien”, offer the patrons of the Vienna State Opera a new, reduced parking fee. You can park in the Kärntner Ring Garage for up to 8 hours and pay only a flat fee of € 6, -. Just validate your ticket at one of the discount machines inside the Wiener Staatsoper. The normal rate will be charged for parking time greater than 8 hours. The validation machines can be found at the following coat checks: Operngasse, Herbert von Karajan-Platz, and the right and left and balcony galleries.

Important: In order to get the discount, please draw a ticket and do not use your credit card when entering the garage!

After devaluing your ticket in the Wiener Staatsoper you can pay comfortably by credit card or cash at the vending machines.

The machines accept coins and bills up to 50.- Euro. Parking time longer than 8 hours will be charged at the normal rate.

 

History



The structure of the opera house was planned by the Viennese architect August Sicard von Sicardsburg, while the inside was designed by interior decorator Eduard van der Nüll. It was also impacted by other major artists such as Moritz von Schwind, who painted the frescoes in the foyer, and the famous "Zauberflöten" (“Magic Flute”) series of frescoes on the veranda. Neither of the architects survived to see the opening of ‘their’ opera house: the sensitive van der Nüll committed suicide, and his friend Sicardsburg died of a stroke soon afterwards.

 

On May 25, 1869, the opera house solemnly opened with Mozart's Don Giovanni in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth.
The popularity of the building grew under the artistic influence of the first directors: Franz von Dingelstedt, Johann Herbeck, Franz Jauner, and Wilhelm Jahn. The Vienna opera experienced its first high point under the direction of Gustav Mahler. He completely transformed the outdated performance system, increased the precision and timing of the performances, and also utilized the experience of other noteworthy artists, such as Alfred Roller, for the formation of new stage aesthetics.

 

The years 1938 to 1945 were a dark chapter in the history of the opera house. Under the Nazis, many members of the house were driven out, pursued, and killed, and many works were not allowed to be played.

 

On March 12, 1945, the opera house was devastated during a bombing, but on May 1, 1945, the “State Opera in the Volksoper” opened with a performance of Mozart's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. On October 6, 1945, the hastily restored “Theaters an der Wien” reopened with Beethoven's FIDELIO. For the next ten years the Vienna State Opera operated in two venues while the true headquarters was being rebuilt at a great expense.

 

The Secretary of State for Public Works, Julius Raab, announced on May 24, 1945, that reconstruction of the Vienna State Opera would begin immediately. Only the main facade, the grand staircase, and the Schwind Foyer had been spared from the bombs. On November 5, 1955, the Vienna State Opera reopened with a new auditorium and modernized technology. Under the direction of Karl Böhm, Beethoven’s FIDELIO was brilliantly performed, and the opening ceremonies were broadcast by Austrian television. The whole world understood that life was beginning again for this country that had just regained its independence.

 

Today, the Vienna State Opera is considered one of the most important opera houses in the world; in particular, it is the house with the largest repertoire. It has been under the direction of Dominique Meyer since September 1, 2010.

 
 
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