Strauss: Elektra - Roberts, Saunders, Mödl, Cassilly, Krause; Stein. Hamburg, 1975
Listen to a Sample:
- In the 1970s, Hamburg was an operatic hub where could bank on hearing world-renowned artists as well as their exceptional group of "Fest" singers particularly in the operas of Richard Strauss.
- Brenda Roberts, while only in her twenties, takes on the monumental title role and delivers some of the most exquisitely beautiful singing you could even hope to hear in this part, bringing to mind the voluptuous, yet girlish Salome of Ljuba Welitsch.
- Arlene Saunders' Chrysothemis is nothing short of stunning. Her steely yet youthful soprano has no trouble battling Strauss' gargantuan orchestra without sacrificing her considerable vocal beauty.
- Clearly well past her vocal prime by the time of this performance, Martha Mödl does not let that get in the way of delivering a bone-chilling performance of Klytämnestra.
- Tom Krause's melifluous baritone is well-cast as Orest and Richard Cassilly brings his unique brand of burly lyricism to Ägisth's brief cameo.
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