In this “missing link” between Christoph Willibald Gluck's Iphigenie operas and Richard Strauss's ›Elektra‹, the deceived Klytämnestra finally has a say.
Due to the damage caused by the flood, Nigel Lowery's gripping staging of one of the most famous stories in Greek mythology will unfortunately not be able to take place on the stage of the Wuppertal Opera House. Fortunately, however, similar to the ›Orestie‹, which is the textual template for Sciarrino's latest music theater work, a favorable wind has blown into the recreation center in Leverkusen. The curtain on ›Il canto s'attrista, perché?‹ Will rise there from October 23, 2021.
But what is this ancient thriller all about?
In Mycenae we hear of the return of King Agamemnon, who conquered Troy after ten years of war and is now coming home with Kassandra as a slave and mistress. His wife Clytemnestra can neither forgive him for the sacrifice of her daughter Iphigenia at that time nor for the current adultery and takes terrible vengeance.
Salvatore Sciarrino is no stranger to several premieres and world premieres in Wuppertal over the past decades. His last world premiere ›Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo‹ was realized as a co-production of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin and the Milan Scala. As one of the most important contemporary Italian composers, he looks at the great subjects of the theater from a different point of view. After versions of ›Macbeth‹ and ›Lohengrin‹ he now turns to ancient Greek literature.