Music: Pauly Premiere

When Elektra shrilled her lust for vengeance in Carnegie Hall last week, Manhattan operagoers heard their first Strauss opera this season, their first Elektra since 1932. Because it is full of furious, hard-driven music, because it is pathologically concerned with adultery and blood, many consider the opera less appealing than Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier. Others find its eery, passionate songs unforgettable. These were more than grateful when Artur Rodzinski announced he would put on a concert version of the opera with the Philharmonic-Symphony he has been guest-conducting all month (TIME, March 8), looked...

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