Elektra

Opera

Writers: Sophocles Richard Strauss Hugo Hofmannsthal

Context

For Strauss’s opera Elektra, he chose to have a German libretto crafted based on Sophocles’ play from antiquity. The opera follows the same plot as the play; however, it chooses to focus much more closely on the character of Elektra. Much of the drama and action in the play takes place through Elektra’s thoughts and trying to reason through the horrible situation she is in. Musically, this opera abandons traditional opera format, as with some of Strauss’ previous operas, e.g. Salome. It is an opera in one act that lasts just under 2 hours. The opera is fully through-composed, meaning there

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