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Everything hits the spot: Royal Opera's Elektra reviewed

20 January 2024

9:00 AM

20 January 2024

9:00 AM


Royal Opera House, in rep until 30 January


Barbican Hall

Aristotle wrote that classical tragedy should evoke pity and awe. With Richard Strauss’s Elektra, the awe can be taken as read: a certain irreducible level of epicness is written into the score, even if – like Sir Antonio Pappano on the first night of this new production at the Royal Opera – a conductor takes the composer’s advice and treats it like Mendelssohn’s ‘fairy music’.

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