Elektra discography

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This is a list of recordings of Elektra, a one-act opera by Richard Strauss with a German-language libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The work was first performed at the Dresden State Opera on 25 January 1909.

Recordings[edit]

Year Cast
(Elektra, Chrysothemis,
Klytemnestra, Orestes, Aegisthus)
Conductor,
Opera house and orchestra
Label[1]
1947 Erna Schlüter
Paul Schöffler
Ljuba Welitsch
Walter Widdop
Thomas Beecham
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & chorus
(final scenes only, recorded on 13-15 October)
CD: Naxos Records
Cat: 8.111372
1949 Astrid Varnay
Irene Jessner
Elena Nicolaidi
Herbert Janssen
Frederick Jagel
Dimitri Mitropoulos
New York Philharmonic orchestra & chorus
(recorded on 25 December)
CD: Guild Immortal
Cat: GHCD 2213/4
1953 Astrid Varnay
Leonie Rysanek
Res Fischer
Hans Hotter
Helmut Melchert
Richard Kraus
WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne & chorus
(recorded in studio on 22-28 August)
CD: Capriccio
Cat: C5008
1957 Inge Borkh
Lisa Della Casa
Jean Madeira
Kurt Böhme
Max Lorenz
Dimitri Mitropoulos
Vienna Philharmonic orchestra
Vienna State Opera chorus
CD: Orfeo
Cat: C456972I
1958 Gerda Lammers
Hedwig Muller-Butow
Georgine von Milinkovic
Edgar Evans
Otakar Kraus
Rudolf Kempe
Royal Opera House orchestra & chorus
CD: Royal Opera House Heritage
Cat: ROHS 005
1960 Inge Borkh
Marianne Schech
Jean Madeira
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Fritz Uhl
Karl Böhm
Staatskapelle Dresden
Dresden State Opera House chorus
CD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 445329
1964 Astrid Varnay
Hildegard Hillebrecht
Martha Mödl
Eberhard Wächter
James King
Herbert von Karajan
Vienna Philharmonic orchestra
Vienna State Opera chorus
CD: Orfeo
Cat: C298922I
1965 Birgit Nilsson
Leonie Rysanek
Regina Resnik
Eberhard Wächter
Wolfgang Windgassen
Karl Böhm
Vienna State Opera orchestra & chorus
CD: Orfeo
Cat: C886142I
1967 Birgit Nilsson
Marie Collier
Regina Resnik
Tom Krause
Gerhard Stolze
Georg Solti
Vienna Philharmonic orchestra
Vienna State Opera chorus
CD: Decca Records
Cat: 830302
1980 Birgit Nilsson
Leonie Rysanek
Mignon Dunn
Donald McIntyre
Robert Nagy
James Levine
Metropolitan Opera orchestra & chorus[2]
DVD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 073 4111
1981 Leonie Rysanek
Catarina Ligendza
Astrid Varnay
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Hans Beirer
Karl Böhm
Vienna Philharmonic orchestra
Vienna State Opera chorus[3]
DVD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 073 4095
1988 Hildegard Behrens
Nadine Secunde
Christa Ludwig
Jorma Hynninen
Ragnar Ulfung
Seiji Ozawa
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Tanglewood Music Festival chorus
CD: Decca
Cat: 470583
1989 Éva Marton
Cheryl Studer
Brigitte Fassbaender
Franz Grundheber
James King
Claudio Abbado
Vienna State Opera orchestra & chorus
DVD: ArtHaus Musik
Cat: 100048[4]
1990 Gwyneth Jones
Anne Evans
Leonie Rysanek
Wolfgang Schöne
Ronald Hamilton
Jeffrey Tate
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Grand Théâtre de Genève chorus
(recorded on 10 March)
CD: Claves
Cat: 50-2514/15
Éva Marton
Cheryl Studer
Marjana Lipovšek
Bernd Weikl
Hermann Winkler
Wolfgang Sawallisch
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & chorus
CD: EMI Classics
Cat: 9190
1994 Hildegard Behrens
Deborah Voigt
Brigitte Fassbaender
Donald McIntyre
James King
James Levine
Metropolitan Opera orchestra & chorus
(telecast of 22 January)[5]
DVD: The Met Opera
Cat: 811357013274[6]
1995 Deborah Polaski
Alessandra Marc
Waltraud Meier
Falk Struckmann
Johan Botha
Daniel Barenboim
Berlin State Opera orchestra & chorus
CD: Teldec
Cat: 99175
Hildegard Behrens
Luana DeVol
Leonie Rysanek
Wolfgang Schöne
Daniel Galvez-Vallejo
Friedemann Layer
Opéra national de Montpellier orchestra & chorus
CD: Actes Sud
Cat: AT 34109
1997 Alessandra Marc
Deborah Voigt
Hanna Schwarz
Samuel Ramey
Siegfried Jerusalem
Giuseppe Sinopoli
Vienna Philharmonic orchestra
Vienna State Opera chorus
CD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 453429
2004 Deborah Polaski
Anne Schwanewilms
Felicity Palmer
Franz Grundheber
Graham Clark
Semyon Bychkov
WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne & chorus
CD: Profil Medien
Cat: PH 05022
2006 Eva Johansson
Melanie Diener
Marjana Lipovšek
Alfred Muff
Rudolf Schasching
Christoph von Dohnányi
Zürich Opera House orchestra & chorus
DVD: TDK
Cat: DVWW-OPELEK
2010 Iréne Theorin
Eva-Maria Westbroek
Waltraud Meier
René Pape
Robert Gambill
Daniele Gatti
Vienna Philharmonic orchestra
Vienna State Opera chorus
(recorded at Salzburg Festival)
DVD: ArtHaus Musik
Cat: 101559[7][8]
2014 Ingela Brimberg
Susanna Levonen
Ingrid Tobiasson
Thomas Lander
Magnus Kyhle
Rumon Gamba
NorrlandsOperan orchestra & chorus
(filmed on 19 & 21 August)
DVD: Unitel Classica
Cat: 731808[9]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Recordings of Elektra on operadis-opera-discography.org.uk
  2. ^ Elektra (1981) on IMDb
  3. ^ Elektra (1981) on IMDb
  4. ^ "Elektra – Richard Strauss". Germany: ArtHaus Musik. 2006. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  5. ^ Telecast of 22 January 1994 at the MetOpera Database
  6. ^ Recording details are from the 2010 Met DVD of the 22 January 1994 telecast, from the DVD collection "James Levine Celebrating 40 Years at the Met"
  7. ^ "On-line catalogue entry - Richard Strauss - Elektra - DVD". ArtHaus Musik. Retrieved 16 October 2011.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Levine, Robert. "Review - Richard Strauss Elektra DVD". www.classicstoday.com. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  9. ^ Hall, George. Review of Elektra, Strauss. Opera, Vol 67 No 4, April 2016, p514-5.
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