We are showing a recording of Salome by Strauss on Sunday
Sunday Opera Afternoons – Once a month
Come and watch the opera Salome by Richard Strauss at 14.00 in Bunnik
This time we shall enjoy the Blu-Ray recording of the Royal Opera House performance of the opera Salome by Richard Strauss.
The story is originally biblical, but the opera is based on the play by Oscar Wilde. The combination of the story with the music, singing, acting and production gradually builds up a tension which is finally resolved by the violent ending.
The opera opens with the elite enjoying a banquet on the upper floor, while the servants and guards wait below. The captain of Herod’s guard, Narraboth, will not stop talking about Salome’s beauty. Salome comes down and hears the prophet Jokanaan imprisoned in the cistern below. She persuades Narraboth to let her see him. The princess lusts for the prophet but he rejects her and he is returned to the cistern.
Herod and his wife enter. Herod tempts Salome and asks her to dance for him. Eventually she agrees when Herod offers to give her anything she desires. She dances the dance of the seven veils. As her reward she claims the head of Jokanaan on a silver platter. Herod offers her wealth and power instead, but she refuses. The executioner returns with the severed head, which Salome kisses ecstatically. Herod is horrified and orders her death.
Nadja Michael is Salome, Michael Volle is Jokanaan (John the Baptist) with Thomas Moser as Herod. The Royal Opera House orchestra is conducted by Philippe Jordan. The production is by David McVicar.
The running time is 1 hour 45 minutes. It is in one act but we shall have a break of 15 minutes in the middle. It is sung in German with English subtitles. You will also get a copy of the story of the opera in English.
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