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Salome 2015

July 18 - August 27, 2015

Guards, kill that woman!

The premiere of Richard Strauss’ Salome was one of music history’s spectacular triumphs, prompting a wild ovation of more than 20 minutes and 38 curtain calls for a performance that had lasted a scant hour and a half. But this was a success born of controversy. Strauss’ opera is based on a slightly condensed German translation of Oscar Wilde’s play. The characters in the story are barely mentioned in the Bible, but Wilde’s dramatization of their legendary story scandalized Europe, depicting with dark humor the lecherous tetrarch Herod’s lust for his stepdaughter Salome and her growing sexual obsession with the imprisoned prophet John the Baptist (Jochanaan).

Music and libretto
Richard Strauss


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