After the premiere on 18 January 2020 at the opera house in Valencia called the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, he will be performing this opera another four times in this prestigious opera house until 30 January.
The German composer Richard Strauss and librettist Hugo von Hofmannstahl based their Elektra opera on the well-known ancient tragedy by Sophocles. The premiere was held on 25 January 1909 at the Royal Opera in Dresden, where it was something of a musical sensation. Immediately after the Dresden premiere, Elektra was performed in Berlin, Vienna, Milan and New York. This operatic adaptation of the bloody and dark mythical story, taking place after the end of the Trojan War and about a proud and stubborn woman’s furious lust for revenge soon became one of the key works of operatic literature.
„This is first time I have experienced Strauss’s opera Elektra”, says world-renowned tenor Štefan Margita. “The role of Aegisthus, the lover of Elektra’s mother Klytaemnestra, is both a new singing role and a great challenge for me. So I did not hesitate a moment before accepting the offer to sing this role in the beautiful, modern Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia. I consider every new role as enriching my operatic repertoire. Also, the fact that Elektra will be directed by the famous Canadian opera director Robert Carsen played an important role in my decision-making. I have already worked with him several times and our cooperation has always been wonderful and inspiring. I am also very much looking forward to meeting the world-famous Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin, who is wonderful in the title role in this opera by Strauss”, the Košice native added.
This April will see Štefan Margita returning to Chicago to repeat his role of Loge, the demigod of fire, in Wagner’s opera Das Rheingold, long one of his key roles. And this May the role of Tichon in Janáček’s opera Káťa Kabanová is waiting for him at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.