Opera

Strauss's Salome

Peter Hall (stage director), Edward Downes (music director) – With Maria Ewing (Salome), Michael Devlin (John the Baptist) – Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

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Cast

Peter Hall — Stage director

John Bury — Set designer, costume designer, lighting

Maria Ewing — Salome

Michael Devlin — John the Baptist

Kenneth Riegel — Herode

Gillian Knight — Herodias

Robin Leggate — Narraboth, Captain of the Guard

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Edward Downes — Music director

Program notes

Violence, murder and erotic passion: discover the charms of Richard Strauss's Salome in the iconic staging by Peter Hall.

Naraboth, captain of the guard, is in love with Salome, Herodes' stepdaughter. But the young woman is irresistibly attracted by the prophet Jochanaan (John the Baptist) imprisoned in an old cistern nearby. Salome tries to seduce the prophet, but John the Baptist's steadfastness in his faith hurts the young woman's pride. Herodes, under Salome's spell, ask her to dance in his presence. She accepts, but imposes a condition: Jochanaan shall die.

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