R.Strauss: Elektra (Live Recording From The Opernhaus Zurich 2005) [Blu-ray
Elektra is portrayed as a rebellious teenager in a track suit and bright yellow jacket, Eva Johansson suites this concept of the role perfectly with fine singing and acting, even if a little unremittingly vengeful (still this opera is all about revenge). The other major singers are good but not outstanding.
STAGING IS THE PROBLEM - The stage set is an enormous rectangular space with doors all down each side.
The problem is that a parallel unrelated drama seems to be enacted as a background to what is being sung, Martin Kusej states his concept as "Mycenae is everywhere" whatever that means.
During the preludes the servants enter and change into waitress uniforms resembling ladies of the night, and from then on the chorus and dancers indulge in an intermittent orgy ("Sick but Superb" the booklet reports one reviewers opinion). Incongruously during Elektra's final dance a Brazilian cabaret dance takes place with the dancers in silver spangled and feathered costumes.
I am prepared to go a long way with modern interpretations, the rule being they must be either relevant or extend the scope of the opera. This staging does neither it is just gratuitous semi nudity and titillation.
CONCLUSION - Despite an outstanding performance by Eva Johansson I cannot recommend this production, however if the Elektra of Johansson over rides the staging for you the 1080i Blu ray is fine.