Emotional arias, expressive set

In a plot fuelled by political intrigues, the title character is faced with a stark choice between loyalty to her dead husband and saving her and her son’s life. The tragic story finds expression in arias suffused with grief, bitter yearning and joy, while the claustrophobic set by German director Claus Guth – a vast monochrome house with endless stairways – further amplifies the sense of the oppressiveness of endless intrigue and power games.