In memoriam: HILDEGARD BEHRENS as ELEKTRA
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METROPOLITAN OPERA's OPENING NIGHT performance
of ELEKTRA on December 10, 2009
was dedicated to the memory of
for whom this production was originally mounted in 1992.
"ELEKTRA SINGS FOR HILDEGARD"
.....Oh let my eyes
Gaze at you, a vision in a dream, a vision
granted to me, fairer than any dream!
Noble, ineffable, sublime features,
Oh stay by me! Do not melt
into air, do not vanish from my sight.
Do you see my face?
Do you see the light that
shines out of me?
Can I not hear it? Not hear
the music? It comes from myself.
Goodness has poured from the gods
is not too much for us.
I am the fire of life
I know they are all waiting
they who still live
An arrangement assembled by C. McKinnon from the poetry of Hugo von Hoffmansthal
written for Richard Strauss' ELEKTRA as translated for the libretto
accompanying the Boston Symphony Orchestra recording (Philips 422 574-2),
SEIJI OZAWA conducting, with HILDEGARD BEHRENS in the title role.
The lines can be found on pages 126, 154, 150, 152, 150 and 96, respectively.