Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts Patrice Chéreau’s Acclaimed Staging of
Elektra, Starring Nina Stemme in the Title Role
The late director’s final production, acclaimed at Aix-en-Provence and La Scala,
comes to the Met with Waltraud Meier as Elektra’s fearsome mother Klytämnestra, and Adrianne Pieczonka and Eric Owens as Chrysothemis and Orest
The April 30 matinee will be transmitted live around the world as part of
The Met: Live in HD series
New York, NY – Legendary director Patrice Chéreau’s final work, an acclaimed staging of Richard Strauss’s tragedy Elektra, comes to the Met April 14 with Esa-Pekka Salonen leading a cast headed by Nina Stemme in her first Met performances of the bloodthirsty princess. Chéreau directed the staging at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2013, where it was conducted by Salonen and also starred two principal singers who will reprise their performances at the Met, Waltraud Meier as Elektra’s formidable mother Klytämnestra and Adrianne Pieczonka as her gentle sister Chrysothemis. The same three artists starred in an acclaimed series of performances of the production at La Scala after Chéreau’s death. The Met cast will also include Eric Owens as Elektra’s long-lost brother Orest and German tenor Burkhard Ulrich in his Met debut as Aegisth, Klytämnestra’s lover.
The Met staging features Vincent Huguet in his company debut as the stage director executing Chéreau’s vision, with sets designed by Richard Peduzzi, costumes designed by Caroline de Vivaise, and lighting designed by Dominique Brugière in her Met debut.
The Saturday, April 30 matinee performance of Elektra will be transmitted worldwide as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, which is now seen in more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world.
Performances: April 14, 18, 23eve, 26, 30mat; May 4, 7eve. Curtain times vary: complete schedule here. Running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, no intermission.