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17 Aug 2010

Elektra, Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg Festival

By George Loomis [Financial Times, 17 August 2010]

Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s new production of Richard Strauss’s Elektra ends with a stroke of genius that arrives with a shock. As Elektra’s “dance of triumph” gets under way following her brother Orest’s murder of their mother Klytemnästra and Klytemnästra’s lover, Aegisth, a panel rises and you see the bloodied scene - a stark tiled room with Klytemnästra’s body hung by her feet and Aegisth’s body on the floor. Orest emerges and stands motionless, oblivious of Elektra’s crazed euphoria.

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