Richard Strauss

An operatic rarity at the Liceu by the great film director Patrice Chéreau

Mycenae, Greece. Elektra and Chrysothemis are the daughters of Queen Klytämnestra, who murdered her husband with the complicity of her lover Aegisth. Her daughters plan their revenge but before they can act, their brother Orest, whom everyone thought dead, returns. When he finds out what has occurred, he kills both his mother and her lover. Elektra performs a wild triumphal dance and then falls dead.

This is a work of musical contrasts, in which Strauss reflects the full horror of Sophocles' tragedy.

This famous production was the last by the versatile film and play director Patrice Chéreau. The action takes place at an unspecified period. Both the characters and the human dimension of the tragedy of Elektra, are portrayed with superb skill.


Tragedy in one act. Libretto by Hugo von Hoffmannsthal. World premiere: 25/01/1909, Dresden Opera. First staged in Barcelona: 15/02/1949, Liceu. Last Liceu performance: 03/03/2008. Total Liceu performances: 36.

Artistic profile

Director musical
Josep Pons
Stage director
Patrice Chéreau (✝ 2013)
Stage director of the revival
Vincent Huguet
Stage director assistant
Peter McClintock
Set Designer
Richard Peduzzi
Costume Designer
Caroline de Vivaise
Costume designer assistant
Bernadette Vilard
Lighting designer
Dominique Bruguière
Lighting relized by
Gilles Botacchi
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Metropolitan Opera House (New York), Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin) and Finnish National Opera (Helsinki)
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia


KlytämnestraWaltraud Meier
ElektraEvelyn Herlitzius
ChrysothemisAdrianne Pieczonka
AegisthThomas Randle
OrestAlan Held
Orest's tutorFranz Mazura
DamaRenate Behle
Young servantFlorian Hoffmann
Old servantMariano Viñuales
First maidBonita Hyman
Second maidAndrea Hill
Third maidSilvia Hablowetz
Fourth maidMarie-Eve Munger
Fifth maidRoberta Alexander
MaidsMariel Aguilar, Olatz Gorrotxategi, Carmen Jiménez and Helena Zaborowska


December 2016

7Wednesday20:00Turn HFee 6
11Sunday17:00Turn TFee 5
15Thursday20:00Turn BFee 5
19Monday20:00Turn AADFee 6
23Friday20:00Turn CFee 5

Total Running Time 1h 50m

Audiodescription 19/12/2016