Ballet & Dance


R. Strauss : ELEKTRA

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<sung in German with Japanese supertitles>

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Music by : Richard Strauss
Libretto by : Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Conductor : Ulf Schirmer
Production : Hans-Peter Lehmann
Scenery and Costume Design : Olaf Zombeck
Lighting Design :

Tatsuta Yuji

Stage Manager : Osawa Hiroshi
Chorus Master : Misawa Hirofumi
Chorus : New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra : Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Presented by : Agency for Cultural Affairs
New National Theatre, Tokyo

Klytämnestra : Karan Armstrong
Elektra : Nadine Secunde
Chrysothemis : Nancy Gustafson
Aegisth : Richard Brunner
Orest : Chester Patton
Der Pfleger des Orest : Hasegawa Akira
Die Vertraute : Honjo Kikuno
Die Schleppträgerin : Maeda Yuka
Ein junger Diener : Mizuguchi Satoshi
Ein alter Diener : Katayama Masashi
Die Aufseherin : Hirai Kaori
Erste Magd : Katagiri Hitomi
Zweite Magd : Miwa Yoko
Dritte Magd : Kanoh Etsuko
Vierte Magd : Takahashi Tomoko
Fünfte Magd : Moroi Sachiyo

November 2004 11
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Doors will open 45 minutes before the opening of the performance.
Approximate running time: 1 hours, 45 minutes.

Available from 10:00a.m., Sunday, October 3, 2004
New National Theatre, Tokyo Box Office: +81-3-5352-9999(10:00am-6:00pm)
Internet ticket reservation available through the following Websites.(Japanese only)

TICKET PRICES (with tax)
Ranks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Z
Price(yen) 21,000 18,900 15,750 13,650 10,500 7,350 6,300 3,150 1,500
*Rank 8: Sold at the NNTT Box Office and all Ticket Pia outlets on the performance date only. Up to 2 tickets per person. No phone reservations. *Seat Z: Sold to students only at some Ticket Pia outlets on the day before the performance. Any tickets not sold by the performance date will be released to the general public at the NNTT Box Office and some Ticket Pia outlets. One ticket per person. No phone reservations. Students must bring a valid student ID. *Same day student tickets (50% off Ranks 1 - 7): Sold at the NNTT Box Office and some Ticket Pia outlets on the performance date. One ticket per person. No phone reservations. Students must bring a valid student ID.

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Grand Scale of Greek Tragedy, Intense Drama by Hofmannsthal and Rich Music by Strauss
With its Powerful Lineup of Singers and Production Staff, the NNTT Takes on the Challenge of Performing Elektra


The second new production for the 2004/2005 season whose theme is the "Fate of Women" is Elektra, a gruesome revenge tragedy. In this opera, Elektra, a daughter of the blood-smeared Atreus family, burns with the blind desire for revenge, killing herself after she has achieved her long-held goal. The drama, based on Sophocles' Greek tragedy, is condensed into a one-act opera. The music, played by an orchestra of the largest-ever scale in operatic history and controlled by the voice of dramatic sopranos, eloquently expresses the rapid changes of the characters' sentiments - tension, hatred, fear, joy, ecstasy.

Hans-Peter Lehmann will step deeply into the psychology of Elektra to depict her extraordinary attachment to her father, which Freud called the "Elektra complex." Ulf Schirmer, who left a glaringly vivid impression on the audience last year with Le Nozze di Figaro, will appear at the NNTT again as the conductor. Two dramatic sopranos-Nadine Secunde, who started with her debut at Bayreuth and is currently active chiefly as a Wagnerian and Straussian singer, and Karan Armstrong, who boasts of her indisputable position as the prima donna of modern and contemporary music-will confront each other and create an intense drama together with Nancy Gustafson, Richard Brunner and other singers. Taking on the challenge of performing Elektra, which is said to be difficult to perform because all roles are difficult to sing, will open a new page in the history of the NNTT's performances of Straussian opera, which have constantly won high praises.


Elektra, whose father was murdered by her mother Klytämnestra and her lover Aegisth, does not hide her hatred for her mother and father-in-law and is treated brutally. Her sister Chrysothemis desperately tries to calm Elektra down, who lives only by her longing for her father and expectation of her younger brother Orest to avenge their father. When informed her brother's death, Elektra loses hope and decides to avenge her father by herself, but then learns that Orest is in fact alive. She and her brother are finally reunited in joy, before Orest proceeds to kill Klytämnestra and Aegisthc

  <Conductor>   <Director>  
  Ulf Schirmer   Hans-Peter Lehmann  
Karan Armstrong Nadine Secunde Nancy Gustafson Richard Brunner
Chester Patton Hasegawa Akira Honjo Kikuno Maeda Yuka
Mizuguchi Satoshi Katayama Masashi Hirai Kaori Katagiri Hitomi
Miwa Yoko Kanoh Etsuko Takahashi Tomoko Moroi Sachiyo