Salome [electronic resource] / Strauss ; Covent Garden Pioneer FSP Limited and Royal Opera House Covent Garden Limited ; Jonathan Haswell, director ; Peter Hall, stage director.
- [Place of publication not identified] : Covent Garden Pioneer FSP Limited and Royal Opera House Covent Garden Limited,  , ©1992
1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr., 44 min., 23 sec.)) : sound, color
Salome (Biblical figure) -- Drama.
John, the Baptist, Saint -- Drama.
Herod I, King of Judea, 73 B.C.-4 B.C. -- Drama.
Herod I, King of Judea, 73 B.C.-4 B.C.
John, the Baptist, Saint
Salome (Biblical figure)
- Sung in German; English subtitles.
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- 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. The character of Salome, a Minor figure of the New Testament, has inspired many artists, including the painters Cranach the Elder, Sandro Botticelli, Gustave Moreau, and the writers Gustave Flaubert, Oscar Wilde, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Guillaume Apollinaire ... Richard Strauss's vision of the myth gave birth to an opera in one act inspired by a play written by Oscar Wilde. It shocked the audience during its premiere in Dresden in 1905. The "dance of the seven veils" especially, highly sensuous and provocative, offended the audience's sensibility. The opera was even banned from London's stages for several years. Now considered a masterpiece of the genre, Salome has become a classic in the operatic repertoire. Musically speaking, Strauss ventures further than ever before on the edge of the tonal system. Unheard chords, discordant tones and tortured melodic lines stress out the violence of the drama. Peter Hall's production, with the striking Maria Ewing in the role of Salome, underlines with brio the combination of the biblical theme, the murderous and the erotic brought together in Richard Strauss's opera.
- 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, conductor.
Recorded 1992 Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, Great Britain.
- Ewing, Maria, singer.
Devlin, Michael, 1942- singer.
Riegel, Kenneth, singer.
Knight, Gillian, singer.
Leggate, Robin, singer.
Downes, Edward, conductor.
Haswell, Jonathan, film director.
Hall, Peter, 1930-2017, stage director.
Royal Opera House (London, England). Orchestra, instrumentalist.
Covent Garden Pioneer, production company.
Royal Opera House (London, England), production company.
- Container of: Strauss, Richard, 1864-1949. Salome.
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