Booking Confirmation by email
Ticket pick-up at the evening box office
Run time: 1 hrs 45 mins, no intermission
Sung in GERMAN
Subtitles in English, German, Italian, French, Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese
Ausrine Stundyte takes on one of opera’s most challenging roles as the title heroine of Strauss’s blazing one-act drama, based on the ancient Greek myth of murder and revenge. Camilla Nylund reprises her acclaimed portrayal of Chrysothemis, Elektra’s sister, and Michaela Schuster sings their nightmare-haunted mother, Klytämnestra. Derek Welton is Orest, the long-lost brother whose return brings events to a terrifying climax, and Jörg Schneider sings Aegisth. Franz Welser-Möst conducts the monumental and highly influential score.
After booking online, you will receive two emails: a Booking Request email will arrive immediately and a second, separate email with your Booking Confirmation will arrive within 48 hours.
We recommend arriving at least 30 min prior to curtain time. Please bring your printed Booking Confirmation to the Evening Box Office in the foyer of the Opera House. The evening box office opens one hour before curtain.
Opernring 2, 1010 Vienna View in Google Maps
Underground: U1, U2, U4 – Stop at KARLSPLATZ
Trams: 1, 2, D, 62, 71 – Stop at OPERNRING
After the performance taxis will drive up to the main entrance.
Conductor Franz Welser-Möst
Klytämnestra Michaela Schuster
Elektra Ausrine Stundyte
Chrysothemis Camilla Nylund
Aegisth Jörg Schneider
Orest Derek Welton
Born in Munich into a family of musicians, Richard Strauss (1864–1949) began his musical studies at the age of four, began composition studies aged 11 and in 1883 became a protégé of the conductor Hans von Bülow, who encouraged him to study the music of Wagner. Strauss’s early masterpieces include several orchestral tone poems and many songs. Around the end of the 19th century, Strauss turned his attention to opera. His first two operas, Guntram (1893) and Feuersnot (1901), received lukewarm responses, but Salome (1905) was a major success. It was followed by the even more intense Elektra (1909), Strauss’s first collaboration with the Viennese author and poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874–1929). Their partnership continued until Hofmannsthal’s death and produced some of Strauss’s most successful operas, including Der Rosenkavalier, Ariadne auf Naxos, Die Frau ohne Schatten and Arabella.