KLYTAIMNESTRA Or The Curse Of The Atrides
|Heavy Metal Opera, Memmingen, Germany,
The curse weighing on the family of the Atrides has its origin in the
atrocities of the history of the tragedy. . Thyestes stole his brother
Atreus´ wife, who took revenge by serving Thystes his slaughtered children
as a meal. Since this time the chain of blood was not broken. Each
descendant took revenge for atrocities with massacres even worse.
Agamemnon, son of Atreus and ruler of Argos, sacrificed his own daughter
Iphigenie to the gods asking for favorable winds for his journey to battle
Troja. Klytaimnestra, Iphigenie´s mother and Agamemnon's wife, was now
looking for revenge. This is were the plot of the tragedy starts.
Together with her lover Aigisthos Klytaimnestra waits for the return of her
hated husband to realize her plan. Conspirators axe Agamemnon, who has
victoriously returned from war, in the bath. Now Klytaimnestra and Aigisthos
rule Argos by force. The perpetrators do not suspect that they too will fall
victim to revenge principle.
Orest, son of Klytaimnestra and Agamemnon, retruns from the exile his mother
sentenced him to. He decides to avenge his fathers death, according to an
order of God Apollon. With a trick he forces his way into the palace and
remains unrecognized. Then he first kills Aigisthos and finally also his mother. She threatens him, that her vengeance will follow him around.
Orest is actually judged by the Gods. While Apollon defends the Orests deed,
the Erinnyas demand his death. Neither of both parties can enforce a
decision, so the presiding judge Athena decides on Orests fate.
She decides to leave the decision to Orest. He commits suicide by his sword,
tortured by the memory of his parents.