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Obsessed with her father's death, Elektra will stop at nothing until his death is avenged, but when her brother returns from exile and carries out her wishes, the mental strain proves too much for her, as the opera ends in a frenzied dance of vengeance.
Washington National Opera presents Ariadne auf Naxos, directed by Chris Alexander and conducted by Andreas Delfs, Oct. 24 to Nov. 13, 2009 at the Kennedy Center Opera House
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- Review - "Maazel and the NSO's Seductive 'Don Juan'" The Washington Post - Washington, DC (Jan. 20, 2006)
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National Symphony Orchestra: Sir Mark Elder, conductor / Stephen Hough, piano, plays Liszt
1/16/2014 - 1/18/2014
Elder conducts Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring Stephen Hough--known for "playing of utmost intimacy and lyricism" (San Francisco Chronicle)--plus R. Strauss's Don Quixote showcasing NSO principals David Hardy and Daniel Foster.
National Symphony Orchestra: Der Rosenkavalier in concert with Renée Fleming / Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
3/8/2014 6:00 PM
Marking 150 years since Strauss's birth, soprano Renée Fleming headlines a concert performance of the composer's comic opera that features Sarah Connolly, Marisol Montalvo, Franz Hawlata, Adrian Eröd, Steve Davislim, and Washington Chorus.
National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Celebrating R. Strauss at 150 featuring Iréne Theorin, soprano, and John Relyea, bass-baritone
3/20/2014 - 3/22/2014
The NSO salutes Richard Strauss with his Don Juan and selections from Elektra and Salome. The program also marks the NSO debut of soprano Iréne Theorin, praised for her "emotional vigor" (San Francisco Chronicle).