- Elektra [opera]
Opera composed by the late German composer Richard Strauss.
The story tells the tale of love and hate in a family plagued by intrigue and violence, with the focus on the central character, who plots the death of her mother in revenge for murdering her father.
With the first chords of Elektra, we are plunged into a psychologically intense and violent world. The opera shocked audiences (and even its performers!) when it had its premiere in Dresden in 1909. Today, as then, Elektra's desperate need to avenge the murder of her father by her mother makes for gripping drama. At 90 minutes, the opera is one of Strauss's most concentrated works, and in style and instrumentation one of his most modernist scores.