Public Final Performance
No tickets necessary
In cooperation with the Vienna Philharmonic and with the support of the Salzburg Foundation of the American Austrian Foundation (AAF) and Solway Investment Group
Richard Strauss’s Elektra tells the tragic story of a family in crisis. More than a decade ago, head of the family Agamemnon set out as military leader of the Greeks to do battle with the Trojans. He now returns home – but as a victor? His family has disintegrated in the meantime: his wife hates him; she and her lover will soon kill him; and Elektra will try to avenge her father. However, this act of retaliation ultimately destroys the avenger herself. Richard Strauss’s opera is a revelatory experience. Musically and psychologically, we’re taken on a rollercoaster of emotions: what makes Elektra tick? What drives her? What relationship does she have with her mother and with her brother Orestes? This all raises the question: what can we forgive our parents for, and what not?