The screened scenes and borrowed set come from David McVicar’s visceral 2008 production of Salome being revived this season at the Royal Opera House, this time with the Swedish soprano Malin Byström in the title role. Two voices to listen out for here are those of the rising British tenors John Daszak, as Salome’s stepfather Herod, and David Butt Philip, excellent last year in English National Opera's production of Puccini's Madam Butterfly, who plays Narraboth, the captain of Herod's guard.
The German mezzo-soprano Michaela Schuster sings Herodias, the mother of Salome, who drives her daughter to deadly acts.
With its notorious
dance of the seven veils, tortuous relationships and the shocking
decapitation of Jokanaan (John the Baptist), Salome is strong fare
indeed, but as the V&A shows so well, first performed in 1905 and
censored when it was first performed at Covent Garden five years
later, it occupies an important place in the history of opera.
Booking opens at 9AM on 18 October. Salome is sung in German with English surtitles. It is sung straight through without an interval.
|Richard Strauss's Salome, Royal Opera House
|Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | MAP
|Covent Garden (underground)
08 Jan 18 – 30 Jan 18, six performances
|£6 - £125
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