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Origin Stories: Strauss’s Elektra


Singer Irene Theorin wearing a white jumper over a black shirt and jewelry


Esa-Pekka Salonen – conductor
Iréne Theorin – soprano (Elektra)
Lise Davidsen – soprano (Chrysothemis)
Anna Larsson – mezzo-soprano (Klytemnestra)
Alan Oke – tenor (Aegisth)
Peixin Chen – baritone (Orest)
Philharmonia Voices


Strauss Elektra

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss’s operatic tour de force, a powerful insight into the mind of a grieving daughter hell-bent on revenge.

The towering centrepiece of the Philharmonia’s Origin Stories: Greek Myth in Music series, Elektra is an opera of searing emotional intensity. Strauss builds a complex psychological portrait of a family shattered by violence: Elektra herself obsessed with avenging the death of her father Agamemnon; her mother Klytemnestra haunted to the brink of madness by her role in Agamemnon’s murder; her sister Chrysothemis desperate to escape this vortex of horror; and her brother Orestes destined to bring about its bloody conclusion.

The title role is a huge challenge for the soprano, who scarcely leaves the stage for the opera’s 100 minutes. Iréne Theorin takes it on with relish. In previous performances, “Theorin was nothing short of miraculous… a pillar of artistic strength” (Classical Voice America).

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£16 – £72 (premium)

Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)

Running Time

1 hour 40 minutes


Please note there will be no interval


Surtitles will be displayed


Please note the choir stalls are not on sale

Recommended age

From 7+

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen againt an all-black background, conducting

Part of Origin Stories: Greek Myth in Music Series

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Part of 2020/21 London Season