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Elektra discography

This is a list of recordings of Elektra, a one-act opera by Richard Strauss with a German-language libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The work was first performed at the Dresden State Opera on 25 January 1909.

Year Cast
Opera House and Orchestra
1949 Astrid Varnay,
Irene Jessner,
Elena Nicolaidi,
Herbert Janssen,
Frederick Jagel
Dimitri Mitropoulos,
New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
(Recording of a concert performance, 25 December)
CD: Guild Immortal Performances
Cat: GHCD 2213/4
1957 Inge Borkh,
Lisa Della Casa,
Jean Madeira,
Kurt Böhme,
Max Lorenz
Dimitri Mitropoulos,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Chorus
CD: Opera d'Oro
Cat: OPD 7033
1958 Gerda Lammers,
Hedwig Muller-Butow,
Georgine von Milinkovic
Edgar Evans,
Otakar Kraus
Rudolf Kempe,
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Orchestra
CD: Royal Opera House Heritage Series
Cat: ROHS 005
1960 Inge Borkh,
Marianne Schech,
Jean Madeira,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,
Fritz Uhl
Karl Böhm,
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and Dresden State Opera Chorus
CD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 445329
1964 Astrid Varnay,
Hildegard Hillebrecht,
Martha Mödl,
Eberhard Wächter,
James King
Herbert von Karajan,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Chorus
CD: Orfeo
Cat: C 298 922
1967 Birgit Nilsson,
Marie Collier,
Regina Resnik,
Tom Krause,
Gerhard Stolze
Georg Solti,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
CD: Decca
Cat: 830302
1980 Birgit Nilsson,
Leonie Rysanek,
Mignon Dunn,
Donald McIntyre,
Robert Nagy
James Levine,
Metropolitan Opera
Directed by Brian Large[2]
DVD: Deutsche Grammophon,
Cat: 073 4111
1981 Leonie Rysanek,
Catarina Ligendza,
Astrid Varnay,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,
Hans Beirer
Karl Böhm,
Vienna Philharmonic
Film directed by Götz Friedrich[3]
DVD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 073 4095
1988 (live) Hildegard Behrens,
Nadine Secunde,
Christa Ludwig,
Jorma Hynninen,
Ragnar Ulfung
Seiji Ozawa,
Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Festival Chorus
CD: Decca
Cat: 470583
1989 Éva Marton,
Cheryl Studer,
Brigitte Fassbaender,
Franz Grundheber,
James King
Claudio Abbado,
Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera
Stage director: Harry Kupfer
DVD: ArtHaus Musik
Cat: 100048[4]
Video director: Brian Large
1990 Gwyneth Jones,
Anne Evans,
Leonie Rysanek,
Wolfgang Schöne,
Ronald Hamilton
Jeffrey Tate,
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Chorus of the Grand Theatre, Geneva
(Recording of a performance in the Grand Théâtre de Genève, 10 March)
CD: Claves
Cat: 50-2514/15
1990 Éva Marton,
Cheryl Studer,
Marjana Lipovšek,
Bernd Weikl,
Hermann Winkler
Wolfgang Sawallisch,
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Chorus
CD: EMI Classics
Cat: 9190
1994 Hildegard Behrens,
Deborah Voigt,
Brigitte Fassbaender,
Donald McIntyre,
James King
James Levine,
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Production: Otto Schenk
Telecast of 22 January[5]
DVD: Metropolitan Opera
Cat: 811357013274[6]
1995 Deborah Polaski,
Alessandra Marc,
Waltraud Meier,
Falk Struckmann,
Johan Botha
Daniel Barenboim,
Berlin State Opera Orchestra
CD: Teldec
Cat: 99175
1995 Hildegard Behrens,
Luana DeVol,
Leonie Rysanek,
Wolfgang Schöne,
Daniel Galvez-Vallejo
Friedemann Layer,
Orchestre National de Montpellier
CD: Actes Sud
Cat: AT 34109
1997 Alessandra Marc,
Deborah Voigt,
Hanna Schwarz,
Samuel Ramey,
Siegfried Jerusalem
Giuseppe Sinopoli,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Chorus
CD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 453429
2004 Deborah Polaski,
Anne Schwanewilms,
Felicity Palmer,
Franz Grundheber,
Graham Clark
Semyon Bychkov,
WDR Sinfonieorchester, Cologne
CD: Profil Medien
Cat: PH 05022
2006 Eva Johansson,
Melanie Diener,
Marjana Lipovšek,
Alfred Muff,
Rudolf Schasching
Christoph von Dohnányi,
Zurich Opera
Directed by Martin Kušej
2010 Iréne Theorin,
Eva-Maria Westbroek,
Waltraud Meier,
René Pape,
Robert Gambill
Daniele Gatti,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera Chorus
(Recording of a performance at the 2010 Salzburg Festival)
DVD: ArtHaus Musik
Cat: 101559[7][8]


  1. ^ on of
  2. ^ (1981)Elektra at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ (1981)Elektra at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ – Richard Strauss"Elektra". Germany: ArtHaus Musik. 2006. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Telecast of 22 January 1994 at the MetOpera Database
  6. ^ Recording details are from the 2010 Met DVD of the 22 January 1994 telecast, from the DVD collection "James Levine Celebrating 40 Years at the Met"
  7. ^ - DVD"Elektra"On-line catalogue entry - Richard Strauss - . ArtHaus Musik. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Levine, Robert. DVD"Elektra"Review - Richard Strauss . Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  • Discography on Classical CD Review, accessed 3 March 2009
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