Salomé - Opera - Season 22/23 Programming - Opéra national de Paris

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    Salomé

    Richard Strauss

    Opéra Bastille - from 12 October to 05 November 2022

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    [EXTRAIT] SALOMÉ by Richard Strauss (Elza van den Heever) [EXTRAIT] SALOMÉ by Richard Strauss

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Salomé

Opéra Bastille - from 12 October to 05 November 2022

Salomé

Opera Richard Strauss

Opéra Bastille - from 12 October to 05 November 2022

1h40 no interval

Language : German

Surtitle : French / English

  • Pre‑opening for the young : 12 Oct. 2022

    Opening night : 15 Oct. 2022

Certain explicit scenes of a violent and sexual nature may upset sensitive audiences.

About

In few words:

Salome, princess of Judea, the daughter‑in‑law of King Herod, finds life in her father‑in‑law’s palace dreary. Her curiosity is roused when she hears the voice of Jochanaan, a prophet held prisoner by Herod who is afraid of him. Obsessed by this enigmatic and virtuous man, Salome is ready to do anything to possess him, dead or alive. Drawing on Oscar Wilde’s scandalous play of the same name, in 1905 Richard Strauss produced the work that was to ensure his status as Wagner’s successor in the history of German opera. “Dance for me, Salome”. From Herod’s lubricious injunction to the young woman stems one of the most emblematic orchestral passages in opera: the dance of the seven veils. A hypnotic interlude in itself sufficient to capture the fatal mounting desire that suffuses this work whose orchestration is as rich as it is modern. A dazzling hour and forty minutes, decadent in its very essence, which, for her debut at the Paris Opera, Lydia Steier treats as a dystopia in which amorality rules.

CHARACTERS

Herod: Tetrarch of Judea
Herodias: Herod’s wife, mother of Salome
Salome: Princess of Judea, fascinated by Jochanaan
Jochanaan: Prophet, prisoner of Herod
Narraboth: Captain of the guard, in love with Salome
Herodias’ Page: serving in the palace
Five Jews: who claim Jochanaan from Herod
Two Nazarenes: who report the miracles of Christ
  • Opening
  • First part 100 mn
  • End

Salome: the true/false story

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Salomé (saison 22/23)

Salomé (saison 22/23) - Elza Van Den Heever

Salomé (saison 22/23) - Orchestre Seul

Salomé (saison 22/23) - John Daszak, Karita Mattila, Elza Van Den Heever

About the work

Media coverage

  • On second thought, would a Salome that doesn’t shock still be a Salome? The play has lost nothing of its disturbing force, which Lydia Steier exploits to the end.

    Christian Merlin, Le Figaro
  • A very radical production, transposed into a post-apocalyptic world.

    Christian Merlin - France Musique
  • South African soprano Elza van den Heever fully takes on the title role and lends it as much authority as seduction.

    Philippe Venturini, Les Échos

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