Doris Soffel to Star in ‘Elektra’ at Wiener Staatsoper

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Boris Streubel)

The famed German mezzo-soprano Doris Soffel will appear in the role of Klytämnestra in Richard Strauss’ opera “Elektra” at the Wiener Staatsoper on September 8, 2020.

Doris Soffel is one of the leading Wagnerian and Straussian singers, having taken on such roles as Kundry in “Parsifal,” Ortrud in “Lohengrin,” and Fricka and Erda in the composer’s iconic Ring cycle. She has performed the roles of Die Amme in Strauss’ “Die Frau Ohne Schatten,” Herodias in “Salome,” Adelaide in “Arabella,” and Klytämnestra in “Elektra.”

Soffel has also performed roles from the repertoire of the Slavic composers, such as Marfa in Mussorgsky’s “Chowanschchina,” Ježibaba in Dvořák’s “Rusalka,” and The Countess in Tchaikovsky’s “Queen of Spades.”

The mezzo-soprano has appeared on the leading stages around, including the Opéra National de Paris, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Staatsoper Hamburg, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Opernhaus Zürich, Oper Leipzig, Gran Teatre del Liceu, De Nationale Opera Amsterdam, Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofía, Teatro Real di Madrid, and Semperoper Dresden, among others.

Soffel will be joined onstage by Ricarda Merbeth, Camilla Nylund, and Derek Welton, among others. Franz Welser-Möst will conduct the production by Harry Kupfer.