OPERA IN VALENCIA WITH ‘ELEKTRA’ AT PALAU DE LES ARTS JANUARY 2020
##Palau de les Arts of Valencia presents ‘Elektra’ by Strauss.
– Marc Albrecht, on the podium, and Robert Carsen, in the staging, are the great operatic bet of Les Arts for 2020.
– Soprano Iréne Theorin, one of the great divas of opera, makes her debut in the Arts Centre with the leading role.
The Palau de les Arts is delving into the German repertoire with Richard Strauss’s ‘Elektra’, an essential work in the programmes of international opera houses, which brings leading figures on the international opera scene to Valencia.
Marc Albrecht, on the podium, and Robert Carsen, on the stage, make their debut in Les Arts with this title, a demanding score and complex dramaturgy that will be premiered on the 18th of January.
The German conductor and the Canadian creator are working with the Cor de la Generalitat and the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, together with a cast of renowned performers.
The Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin (Elektra), who has been critically acclaimed in this role, heads the triad of protagonists who play Strauss’ overwhelming psychodrama, with the veteran German mezzo-soprano Doris Soffel as Klytämnestra and the emerging American soprano Sara Jakubiak in the role of Chrysothemis.
With a libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, based on the tragedy of the same name by Sophocles, ‘Elektra’ is considered one of the most difficult scores for both voices and orchestra, which, in its day, became the largest score used for an opera.
Marc Albrecht, an expert conductor in the works of Strauss and Wagner and recent winner of the Opera Awards 2019 in the category of best musical director, has a repertoire with which the Les Arts’ permanent staff has reached its highest levels of excellence with titles such as ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’, ‘Parsifal’ and ‘Salome’.
For his part, Robert Carsen is presenting a production by the Opéra National de Paris to Valencian audiences, based on an original co-production by the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Tokyo Opera Nomori, with set design by Michael Levine, costumes by Vazul Matusz, its own lighting and that of Peter van Praet and choreography by Philippe Giraudeau.
Renowned for his great theatrical talent and the careful aesthetics of his productions, Carsen offers a moving vision of ‘Elektra’, with great expressive force and profound symbolism.
The premiere of ‘Elektra’ will take place on Saturday 18th January. Les Arts has programmed another four performances of Richard Strauss’ opera on the 21st, 24th, 27th and 30th of January.
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