Tuesday, July 26, Start: 8:00 p.m.


Tragedy in one act by Richard Strauss (Salzburg Festival 2020, Felsenreitschule - in German). A co-production of ORF, 3sat, ZDF/Arte and UNITEL.

It was Gertrud Eysoldt's interpretation of the title role of Hofmannsthal's tragedy Elektra, which prompted Richard Strauss to tackle a one-act opera based on the play in November 1903. Strauss shortened the play in part to focus the libretto on the relationships between the two sisters Electra and Chrysothemis - one on the side of death, the other on that of life -, between Electra and her mother Clytemnestra, and finally between Electra and her brother Orest, whose appearance finally gives meaning to her life, and the revenge she has always imagined can finally be carried out.


The premiere on January 25, 1909 in Dresden was a tremendous event. Already with the first chords the composer sets his audience under power. In response to Elektra's lament, her first big monologue "Alone! Alas, all alone!", follows that monument of modern music which remains irrevocably in one's ear from the very first hearing: the invocation of Agamemnon, that desperate plea that the shadow of her father may show itself to her at the hour when he was once murdered by Clytemnestra.

Video impressions


Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst | Director : Krzysztof Warlikowski | Orchestra : Vienna Philharmonic | Duration: 100 minutes

Tanja Ariane Baumgartner (Clytemnestra), Aušrine Stundyte (Electra), Asmik Grigorian (Chrysothemis), Michael Laurenz (Aegisth), Derek Welton (Orest), Tilmann Rönnebeck (Orest's nurse)