The stage design in this version is by director Patrice Chéreau
Film, theatre and opera director Patrice Chéreau was one of the great renovators in the opera world in terms of his stage designs. Though he died in Paris in 2013, a number of his last stage designs are still on tour in European and in the rest of the world. An example is the version of Elektra that can be seen these days at the Liceu, complete with musical direction by Josep Pons and additional stage direction by Vincent Huguet.
Elektra is one of the most daring and striking creations of Richard Strauss and an icon of the genre that also incorporates classical mythology to attain values that are timeless. The version that is being performed at the Liceu is a coproduction by a number of European theatres including those in Milan, Helsinki, Berlin and Aix en Provence, as well as the MET in New York.
Among the cast, some of the stand-out voices are those of Waltraud Meier, Evelyn Herlitzius and Adrianne Peiczonka, who are responsible for bringing to life the story of Orest, who return home when everybody thought him dead with tragic consequences. It’s a story of treason and revenge that Strauss portrays with large doses of emotion and epic splendour. Without doubt, it will be one of the highlights of the opera season.
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