P442 ORACLE 442 Sun 5 May C4 2020:17   1/3     Following the special profile on Karl Boehm tomorrow, there's a chance to see the Goetz Friedrich production of Elektra which Boehm conducted. Richard Strauss' opera in one act will be broadcast by Channel 4 in its entirety with no commercial breaks to detract from the intensity of that act. The soprano role of Elektra is taken by Leonie Rysanek while mezzo-soprano Astrid Varnay plays Klytemnestra. Other parts are filled by Catarina Ligendza, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Hans Beirer.  More in a moment 
P442 ORACLE 442 Sun 5 May C4 2020:33   3/3     Elektra was the first work on which Strauss collaborated with the librettist Hugo Von Hoffmannsthal. Like the earlier Salome, Elektra is a tragedy in one act that lends itself well to film, but surpasses Salome in the intensity and fierceness of the score, wor£—d for a0015 piece orchestra Hoffmannsthal has turned Sophocles' version of the Greek tragedy into an intense psychological drama. Elektra is on Channel 4 at 3.15 this afternoon.  More in a moment 
P442 ORACLE 442 Sun 5 May C4 2020:12   2/3     Elektra was the second of two erotically violent operas that Richard Strauss wrote just after the turn of the century. Salome (1905) and Elektra (1909) form something of a contrast with his later work Der Rosenkavalier (1911) which looked back on the romantic world of 18th century Vienna. Born in Munich in 1864, Strauss was the last of the great late-romantic composers of opera, though much of his critically acclaimed work came in his earlier years.  More in a moment 