Keep the Philharmonia Playing: many live concerts up to December 2020 are sadly cancelled. If you can, give what you can to keep the Philharmonia playing for you.

Donate now

All events Concert

Origin Stories: Strauss’s Elektra

Royal Festival Hall
£16 — £72
Book tickets

Irene Theorin

Artists

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

Programme

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

Interval

Please note there will be no interval

Staging

Surtitles will be displayed

Seating

Please note the choir stalls are not on sale

Recommended age

From 7+

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717

Venue

Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

View on Google Maps

Book tickets
£16 — £72
Top