Strauss' Elektra: Opéra National de Lyon
Monday, March 20 2017, 20:00
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Opera de Lyon,
Lyon - Main
About the Event
Discover Strauss' opera 'Elektra' in a re-staging of Ruth Berghaus' mythical and intense production, with Elena Pankratova in the title role, under the musical direction of Hartmut Haenchen.
In 1986 in Dresden, Ruth Berghaus, a major figure of East German theater, created a new production of 'Elektra' that deeply shook the theater world. Since the pit was too small to hold the 120 musicians, she positioned them on stage, as part of the drama. The characters were perched on a huge diving board, as if to the edge of the abyss, illustrating the extreme tension of the story of Elektra falling into madness and despair.
In German, with French surtitles
Presented during the Festival Mémoires 2017, which offers the chance to rediscover legendary past productions.
Elektra, tragedy in one act, op. 58 (1909)
Program is subject to change
Cast / Production
Musical direction Hartmut Haenchen
Staging Ruth Berghaus
Recreation of the stagingIngolf Huhn
SettingsHans Dieter Schaal
Costumes Marie-Luise Strandt
Lights Manfred Voss
Elektra Elena Pankratova
Chrysothemis Katrin Kapplush
Clytemnestra Lioba Braun
Aegisth Thomas Piffka
Orest Christof Fischesser
Orest's tutor Victor von Halem
A young servant Patrick Grahl
Orchestra, choirs and Studio of the Opéra de Lyon
Haenchen, Hartmut (Conductor)
Hartmut Haenchen (born March 21, 1943) is a prominent German orchestral conductor.
Haenchen was born in Dresden and began his musical career as a member of the Dresden Kreuzchor. Haenchen's first engagement was as director of the Robert-Franz-Singakademie (choral society) in Halle and conductor of the Halle Philharmonic Orchestra in 1966. The following stations were: Zwickau, Berlin, Schwerin, Dresden and the C. P. E. Bach Orchestra Berlin. In 1986, Haenchen became music director of the De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam and principal conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. During his tenure in Amsterdam, The Dutch opera became renowned for its high-quality ensemble productions and innovative stagings. Under his leadership, the newly-formed Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra quickly rose in stature, not only in its opera performances but also in symphonic concerts, recordings, and foreign tours. However, Haenchen resigned his position in September 2002 in protest of budgetary cuts.
Haenchen has made guest appearances in virtually all the European countries and toured Japan, the United States and Canada. He has conducted opera in Bologna, Geneva, Jerusalem, London, Munich, New York, Stuttgart, Warsaw, Vienna and Wiesbaden. Two new productions, which he directed at the Royal Opera House in London, were singled out for the Laurence Olivier Award. In 1995 he returned to the Berlin State Opera as principal guest conductor.
Orchestre National de Lyon (Orchestra)