Elektra (Strauss) premiered today in 1909

Music: Richard StraussLibretto: Hugo von HofmannsthalPremiere: 25 January 1909, Königliches Opernhaus, Dresden The courtyard of the Palace of Mycenae. The servants wonder whether Elektra will be grieving over her father, as is her daily ritual. Daughter of King Agamemnon and Klytämnestra, Elektra appears and locks herself up in solitude straight away. The servants all criticize… Continue reading Elektra (Strauss) premiered today in 1909

The Life You Give: Richard Strauss *1864

Richard Strauss, born Richard Georg Strauss, June 11, 1864, Munich, Germany, is an outstanding Romantic composer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His symphonic poems of the 1890s and his operas of the following decade have remained an indispensable feature of the standard repertoire.Strauss’s father, Franz, was the principal horn player of the… Continue reading The Life You Give: Richard Strauss *1864

What are operas written for?

(Servants)That was a fine to-do! With everybody shouting at once.The Italian girl! She has eaten all the cake!Why did the director go on like that?I don’t get it!Something about reforming the theater before he dies.Next thing, they will be putting servants in their operas.The whole world is going crazy.Now everyone is an actor.But that does… Continue reading What are operas written for?