Sydney, Opera House, Salome – Richard Strauss, März 2019
Salome – Richard Strauss
Beneath desire, depravity. Beneath lust, bloodlust. Beneath the veils, everything is laid bare. – In King Herod’s lurid fantasies, lust has no boundaries and desire no limits. Even his own stepdaughter tempts him, taunts him: Salome, the virgin seductress, an innocent with a taste for blood. Strauss’ taboo-breaking opera strips back Oscar Wilde’s play to its core: a gripping journey to the outer edges of human behaviour.
The music is at once ravishing and repellent. Strauss augments an enormous orchestra with organ, harps and celestas. The effect is a web of exotic melodies, enticing rhythms and intriguing dissonance, famously on display in the Dance of the Seven Veils. Heard live, it is an unforgettable experience.
Lise Lindstrom is riveting as Salome, finding fragility and nuance in a role that demands a powerhouse voice and gifted actress.
Lust, violence and religious fervor all have their moments in this short, compelling opera about the worst of human nature.
Thursday 21 March 2019 at 7.30pm
Saturday 23 March 2019 at 1.00pm
Tuesday 26 March 2019 at 7.30pm
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Conductor Johannes Fritzsch
Director Gale Edwards
Revival Director Andy Morton
Set Designer Brian Thomson
Costume Designer Julie Lynch
Lighting Designer John Rayment
Choreographer Kelley Abbey
Opera Australia Orchestra
Salome Lise Lindstrom
Herodias Jacqueline Dark
Herod Andreas Conrad
Narraboth Paul O’Neill
Jokanaan Alexander Krasnov
Page / Slave Sian Pendry
First Jew Virgilio Marino
Second Jew Brad Cooper
Third Jew Benjamin Rasheed
Fourth Jew John Longmuir
Fifth Jew Andrew Moran
First Soldier Gennadi Dubinsky
Second Soldier Jonathan Alley
Cappadocian Alexander Hargreaves
First Nazarene David Parkin
Second Nazarene Christopher Hillier
In German with English surtitles | Audio loop available & wheelchair accessible | No language barrier
For ages 15+ | Contains strobe lighting effects and adult themes; not recommended for children – Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times.
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