Strauss’ ‘Elektra’

Royal Swedish Opera | August 7, 2021, 12:00 pm

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From 1965 this archive broadcast from Royal Swedish Opera is the sensational Swedish premiere of Strauss’ opera and is famed soprano Birgit Nilsson’s role debut as Elektra. This extremely demanding role became one of Nilsson’s foremost and most acclaimed roles for the rest of her career.

Elektra features the vocal grandeur and blazing drama of this passionate heroine. She’s the Mycenaean princess whose father was murdered leaving Elektra thirsty for bloody revenge.