The North America Office of Duesseldorf Tourism and Duesseldorf Airport Announce: Elektra by Richard Strauss – 3 Performances at Duesseldorf Opera House in September

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One of opera season’s highlights in Düsseldorf is “Elektra,” produced by Christof Nels in cooperation with the “Grand Théâtre de Genève” for 3 performances only, September 11, 13, and 15.

Linda Watson, Morenike Fadayomi @ Matthias Jung

More than 100 years after its premiere in 1909, the story of one of the most dysfunctional families in literature still feels relevant and fresh. Under the direction of Christof Nels, Elektra’s quest for revenge following the murder of her father and sister becomes the glorious expression of devastating intensity and psychological abyss that is at the heart of composer Richard Strauss’ opera masterpiece.

The story is set in Greek mythology: Both Elektra’s sister and father, King Agamemnon, are murdered upon his return home from the Trojan War by his wife Klyteaemnestra and her lover. Elektra manages to escape and sets out to avenge her family. Richard Strauss immediately saw powerful opera material in the character’s trajectory of obsession and escalation when he saw it performed as Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s play in Berlin in 1904. Strauss said about his musical piece: “I went to the outer limits of harmony, psychological polyphony, and the susceptibility of contemporary ears.”

The performance is 1 ¾ hours without intermission. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.operamrhein.de.

The city’s tourism office is offering hotel and city specials for many of the city’s great events throughout 2013, including the performances of Elektra. The travel package called “Düsseldorf à la Card” can be booked right from the tourism office’s website at http://www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/en/hotel-packages/duesseldorf-a-la-card/. Prices start at €49 per night per person based on double-occupancy for a 2-3 star hotel in the city center and at €95 per person for a 4-5 star hotel. All packages include breakfast, a Düsseldorf Welcome Card (free public transportation within city limits, plus more than 40 free or reduced admissions to city attractions), and a city information package.

Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourism GmbH is the visitors and convention bureau of the city of Düsseldorf. Its responsibilities include tourism and city marketing, as well as conference and meeting marketing, hotel reservation services, fairs and convention services, city event ticket sales and advance ticket reservations. For more information, visit http://www.visitduesseldorf.de.

Düsseldorf Airport, Germany’s Next Generation HubTM, offers several non-stop flights from US & Canadian cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Toronto), as well as convenient connections to many European cities. For more information about the airport, visit http://www.fly2dus.com.

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