Les Arts gathers Marc Albrecht and Robert Carsen in 'Elektra', Strauss

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He Palau de les Arts gathers Marc Albrecht and Robert Carsen in 'Elektra', from Richard Strauss, the first operatic title 2020, which opens next 18 from January.

The German conductor and creator reputed Canadian debut at Les Arts with this work, key element in the programming of the great opera houses, for the arts center meets, Besides, three of the leading interpreters of this title: Irene Theorin (Elektra), Doris Soffel (Klytämnestra) y Sara Jakubiak (Chrysothemis).

‘Elektra’, as he has explained Jesus Iglesias Noriega news conference, It is a full artistic statement of this new stage of Les Arts.

"On the one hand, It is the return to the programming of the German repertoire, with the operatic center and the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana (OCV) They have reaped their greatest hits, and also the presentation for the first time to our audience of eminent directors, singers and artists usual in the great opera circuit ", It noted.

artistically, 'Elektra' is a challenge for any theater for his musical and dramaturgical demands, both the OCV which will be made on this occasion by 103 musicians, as well as for technical equipment and production, and the choice of the cast.

Winner of the Opera Award for best musical direction 2019, Albrecht stands as one of the conductors enshrined in the work of Wagner and Strauss. Teacher born in Hannover Strauss piece can be considered as "the gateway of modern music".

"It's a very interesting piece of the early S. XX. It is a singular score in the world of opera for many issues, for violence not only on stage but also musical. The whole opera is like a shout, a panic attack, where there are musical moments of great intimacy ", Explain.

Albrecht highlighted, Likewise, duration as an aspect of modern of Elektra. "It's all in 100 minutes of music, there is a concentration of harmonies, action, speed, still it sounds like a totally current work if interpreted correctly ".

Robert Carsen, presented to the Valencian public a production of the Opéra National de Paris, based on an original co-production of the Theater of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Tokyo Opera Nomori, with scenery Michael Levine, wardrobe sight Matusz, own lighting Peter van Praet and choreography Philippe Giraudeau.

Renowned for his great showmanship and aesthetics maintained their mounts, Carsen offers a chilling vision of 'Elektra', expressive of great strength and deep symbolism.

Robert Carsen considers Elektra Strauss's masterpiece. "Its premiere was a shock and still remains whenever depicted. It is a milestone in musical theater ".

Specifically, Canadian director pointed to linking the opera by Richard Strauss with his time and the validity of the psychoanalysis of Sigmund Freud with issues such as family, Dreams, paranoia ....

"The work focuses on the living nightmare Elektra in her head completely innovative way. His character never leaves the stage, We are within his soul. In the music he writes Strauss is all she feels and thinks ".

In this sense, Robert Carsen production explained that introduces a set of 20 dancers around Elektra as a theatrical element that amplifies feelings, fears and emotions of the protagonist.

Irene Theorin, critically acclaimed in the leading role, interpreta a la vengativa hija del rey Agamenón, el papel más complejo escrito por Strauss para soprano, no sólo por su amplia tesitura vocal sino por sus requisitos sobre el escenario.

Likewise, la intérprete sueca ha subrayado la importancia de los personajes femeninos sobre los masculinos, tanto en número como en presencia escénica, en una obra que contraviene la tendencia de óperas anteriores.

La mezzosoprano Doris Soffel encarna a Klytämnestra, viuda, conspiradora y asesina de Agamenón. La diva alemana es una de las más prestigiosas intérpretes de Wagner y Strauss de nuestro tiempo como atesora su dilatada carrera y amplia discografía, more than 60 álbumes editados.

Soffel, que tuvo su primer contacto con la partitura en 1975, con la legendaria soprano Astrid Varnay como Klytämnestra, reivindica una interpretación de la madre de Elektra alejada del monstruo femenino de la tradición vienesa. Instead, propone una auténtica mujer en tres dimensiones, con sentimientos, pensamientos y pasiones.

Cierra la terna protagonista, la emergente soprano estadounidense Sara Jakubiak en el rol de Chrysothemis, hermana de Elektra. Con una importante carrera en Alemania, Sara Jakubiak debuta en València este papel, que dentro de unos meses supondrá su presentación en el Covent Garden de Londres.

Completan el elenco de solistas, el tenor eslovaco Štefan Margita (Aegisth), el bajo-barítono australiano Derek Welton (Orest),Emilie Pictet, Michael Pflumm, Miranda Keys, Eva Kroon, los cantantes del Centre de Perfeccionament Max Hochmuth, Aida Gimeno, Larisa Stefan y Evgeniya Khomutova junto con Bonifaci Carrillo del Cor de la Generalitat.

The premiere of 'Elektra' will take place on Saturday 18 from January. Les Arts has scheduled four other functions of Richard Strauss's opera day 21, 24, 27, Y 30 from January.

'Arts for everyone'

Today, Friday, 10 from January, Ramon Gener explicará los entresijos de ‘Elektra’ a partir de las 19.30 h in the Auditorium, en una ponencia-espectáculo de libre acceso. Meanwhile, el próximo día 14, el Aula Magistral acogerá una nueva edición de ‘Perspectives’, en la que el público tendrá la ocasión de preguntar y escuchar las impresiones de las protagonistas de esta producción, moderadas por Javier Monforte, de Amics de l’Òpera i de les Arts de la Comunitat Valenciana.

He 28 from January, dentro de la colaboración de Les Arts con Berklee College of Music, you can enjoy, también de manera gratuita, de ‘La mitología griega y su vigencia a través de la música’ en el Aula Magistral.

Photograph: Miguel Lorenzo

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