Direction: Uwe Eric Laufenberg
Stage design: Rolf Glittenberg
Costumes: Marianne Glittenberg
Light design: Andreas Grüter

The composition of Elektra marked the beginning of a long-lasting collaboration between two equally brilliant personalities: Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The composer saw the writer’s drama of the same name in a production by Max Reinhardt and considered it suitable material for an opera. However, work on the piece proceeded unusually slowly by Strauss’s standards, and it was more than two years before he was able to complete the score in September 1908. The result was a work which was extremely modern for its time in that it features a radically expressive musical language, on the one hand, exhibiting functional harmonic characteristics, and, on the other, verging on atonality due to its polytonality and harsh dissonances. The current
new production is also the seventh staging of Elektra at the Wiener Staatsoper.


Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)

Opernring 2
1010 Wien

Tickets & Info

Current Dates

  • Tue. 16 Oct 2018, 7 p.m.
  • Fri. 19 Oct 2018, 7 p.m.
  • Mon. 22 Oct 2018, 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 25 Oct 2018, 7 p.m.