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Elektra, Op. 58, is a one-act opera by Richard Strauss, to a German-language libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, which he adapted from his 1903 drama Elektra. The opera was the first of many collaborations between Strauss and Hofmannsthal. It was first performed at the Königliches Opernhaus in Dresden on 25 January 1909. It was dedicated to his friends Natalie and Willy Levin.

Roles

Role Voice type and range Premiere cast, 25 January 1909
Elektra, Agamemnon's daughter soprano (G3-C6) Annie Krull
Chrysothemis, her sister soprano (B♭3-B5) Margarethe Siems
Klytaemnestra, their mother, Agamemnon's widow and killer mezzo-soprano (G♯3-G♯5) Ernestine Schumann-Heink
Her confidante soprano Gertrud Sachse
Her trainbearer soprano Elisabeth Boehm von Endert
A young servant tenor Fritz Soot
An old servant bass Franz Nebuschka
Orest, son of Agamemnon baritone (G♯2-F♯4) Karl Perron
Orest's tutor bass Julius Puttlitz
Aegisth, Klytaemnestra's paramour tenor (E♭3-B4) Johannes Sembach
An overseer soprano Riza Eibenschütz
First maid contralto (A3-F♯5) Franziska Bender-Schäfer
Second maid soprano Magdalene Seebe
Third maid mezzo-soprano (G♯3-G♯5) Irma Tervani
Fourth maid soprano Anna Zoder
Fifth maid soprano Minnie Nast
Men and women of the household

Musical numbers

  • "Wo bleibt Elektra?" - first maid, second maid, third maid, fourth maid, fifth maid, an overseer
  • "Allein!" - Elektra
  • "Elektra! Ah, das Gesicht!" - Elektra, Chrysothemis
  • "Ich kann nicht sitzen und ins Dunkel starren" - Elektra, Chrysothemis
  • "Es geht ein Lärm los" - Elektra, Chrysothemis
  • "Was willst du? Seht doch, dort!" - Klytaemnestra, Elektra, her confidante, her trainbearer
  • "Ich will nichts hören!" - Klytaemnestra
  • "Ich habe keine guten Nächte" - Klytaemnestra, Elektra
  • "Lässt du den Bruder nicht nach Hause?" - Elektra, Klytaemnestra
  • "Orest! Orest ist tot!" - Chrysothemis, Elektra, a young servant, an old servant
  • "Wie stark du bist!" - Elektra, Chrysothemis
  • "Was willst du, fremder Mensch?" - Elektra, Orest
  • "Es rührt sich niemand!" - Elektra, Orest, Orest's tutor
  • "Ich habe ihm das Beil nicht geben können!" - Elektra, first maid, second maid, third maid, fourth maid, Chrysothemis, chorus
  • "He! Lichter!" - Aegisth, Elektra, Chrysothemis, chorus
  • "Ob ich nicht höre?" - Elektra, Chrysothemis, chorus


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