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(Strauss: Elektra). Sop. Daughter of Klytämnestra and the murdered Agamemnon, sister of Elektra and Orest. She lives at the palace with Klytämnestra and Aegisth, her mother's lover and accomplice in the murder. She is the weaker of the sisters, and wants to live a full life and have children. She keeps seeing other women having children and the children growing up, while she sits with her sister like a caged bird. She wants to leave this place which is like a prison—she is so frightened that her knees shake, and she knows they would let her go if it were not for Elektra's hatred. She warns Elektra that Klytämnestra and Aegisth plan to throw her into a tower. She knows their mother is in a foul mood after having one of her bad dreams. When news (false) reaches the palace of Orest's death, Chrysothemis is terrified at the thought of having to help Elektra murder their mother. Aria: Ich kann nicht sitzen und ins Dunkel starren wie du (‘I cannot sit and stare into the dark like you’). Created (1909) by Margarethe Siems (who also created such diverse roles as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier (1911) and Zerbinetta in the 1912 version of Ariadne auf Naxos).

Subjects: Opera.

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