Elektra - Opernhaus Zürich (Sept 2015) - Elektra - Opernhaus Zürich (Sept 2015)


General Information


The German soprano Evelyn Herlitzius is currently celebrated as the “ideal Electra”. Last season, she gave an acclaimed performance in Zurich as the Dyer’s Wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten. Now she returns to our theatre in the title role of Richard Strauss’s Elektra.
In this opera, first performed in 1909, Strauss used a gigantic orchestra to unleash hitherto unknown sounds, and this wildly expressionist work has lost none of its impact to this day. The archaic subject matter is shocking and fascinating in equal measure: a young, infinitely lonely woman – Electra – is kept alive only by the idea of avenging the murder of her father Agamemnon. Once revenge has been exacted and her brother Orestes has murdered their mother Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus, Electra dances an ecstatic dance, at the climax of which she collapses and dies.
In Martin Kušej’s much-lauded production, Waltraud Meier will be singing Clytemnestra at Zurich Opera House for the first time, while Emily Magee can once again be heard as Chrysothemis. Strauss expert Lothar Koenigs, Music Director of the Welsh National Opera, will be at the rostrum.

More information is available on the opera house's official website.


September 20, 2015 14:00:00

September 26, 2015 20:00:00

October 04, 2015 14:00:00


Martin Kušej

Lothar Koenigs

Waltraud Meier

Evelyn Herlitzius

Emily Magee

Michael Laurenz

Michael Kraus

Reinhard Mayr

Shelley Jackson

Estelle Poscio

Iain Milne

Bastian Thomas Kohl

Ivana Rusko

Mélissa Petit

Irène Friedli

Julia Riley

Liliana Nikiteanu

Kismara Pessatti

Work's characters list








Der Pfleger des Orest

Die Vertraute

Die Schleppträgerin

Ein junger Diener

Ein alter Diener

Die fünfte Magd

Die vierte Magd

Die dritte Magd

Die zweite Magd

Die erste Magd

Die erste Magd