This Blu-Ray DVD is accompanied by a most helpful booklet giving information and explanations that greatly enhance the understanding and enjoyment of the work. Both sound and picture quality are excellent and the opera lasts for 109 minutes. The awesome staging gives the appearance of bleak concrete pitted with rectangular holes representing windows, doors and holes in the ground, from which the chorus and individuals emerge and return into from time to time. This bleakness fits in perfectly with the theme of this great work by Richard Strauss.
I have no hesitation at all in labelling this performance as an all time great. It's hard to see how Irene Theorin's performance as Electra could be bettered in any way and she is supported by an equally impressive rest of the cast, all of whom obviously benefit from top quality direction. Richard Strauss had this wonderful way of being able to fit the music so perfectly into the real life emotions experienced by all kinds of people and this production inspires us with its near perfect interpretation of what the great master intended.
I can't see how any Richard Strauss fan could fail to be inspired by this intelligent version of Elektra, which presents ancient Greek legend as taking place in the mid nineteen thirties if the appropriately designed costumes are anything to go by. With Strauss nothing stops for anything as it does in some traditional grand operas when a lead role is singing an aria. Here the music is appropriate to every nook and cranny of life and not only do all the singers sing to perfection, they also act to perfection. If you love the music of Richard Strauss you cannot fail to be inspired by this all time great presentation of Elektra.