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Salome

Richard Strauss’ taboo-breaking opera strips back Oscar Wilde’s play to its core

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Category: Opera
Show: Salome
Company: Opera Australia
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Salome

Date: 2 Feb 2019

In King Herod’s lurid fantasies, lust has no boundaries and desire no limits.

Even his own stepdaughter tempts him, taunts him: Salome, the virgin seductress, an innocent with a taste for blood.

Richard Strauss’ taboo-breaking opera strips back Oscar Wilde’s play to its core: a gripping journey to the outer edges of human behaviour.

The music is at once ravishing and repellent. Strauss augments an enormous orchestra with organ, harps and celestas. The effect is a web of exotic melodies, enticing rhythms and intriguing dissonance, famously on display in the ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’.

Lise Lindstrom sings the title role in this revival of a Gale Edwards-directed production. Andreas Conrad is Herod, Jacqueline Dark Herodias and Alexander Krasnov Jokanaan.

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