René Pape stars as Orest in Vienna

Elektra marks the beginning of the long and fruitful relationship between congenial partners Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The single act opera – premiered in 1909 – tells a tale of a mythological family history caught between guilt and revenge, fate, redemption and downfall.

On October 16, 19, 22 and 25, René Pape sings Orest, Elektra’s brother, at the Wiener Staatsoper. The rest of the cast features Waltraud Meier as Klytämnestra, Lise Lindstrom in the title role and Anna Gabler as Chrysothemis. Michael Boder conducts.