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Opéra Bastille - from 09 to 28 May 2024
1h40 no interval
Language : German
Surtitle : French / English
Opening night : 9 May 2024
Some scenes may offend the sensibilities of young audiences.
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In few words:
When King Herod promises his stepdaughter Salome, princess of Judea, whatever she wants in exchange for a dance, little does he know that she will ask for... the head of the prophet Iokanaan (John the Baptist), and worse still, that she will kiss his mouth. If the story of Salome dates back to the Gospels, it is Oscar Wilde's tragedy, written in 1891, that lends the myth all its force, intertwining as it does sexuality and religion, desire and death, obsession and decadence. Richard Strauss's third opera preserves the play's sultry contours whilst introducing highly modern vocal and orchestral music, causing a scandal at its 1905 premiere in Dresden. How is it possible to restore the disturbing force of this intense and sensual work today? By placing Salome in a near future where death and sex are commonplace, Lydia Steier delivers a radical vision that profoundly renews the character and invites us to question our own excesses.
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
Lyric drama in one act (1905)
After Oscar Wilde's eponymous play, in German translation by Hedwig Lachmann
Page der HerodiasKatharina Magiera
Erster JudeMatthäus Schmidlechner
Zweiter JudeÉric Huchet
Dritter JudeMaciej Kwaśnikowski
Vierter JudeNicholas Jones
Fünfter JudeFlorent Mbia
Erster NazarenerLuke Stoker
Zweiter NazarenerYiorgo Ioannou
Erster SoldatDominic Barberi
Zweiter SoldatBastian Thomas Kohl
Ein CappadocierAlejandro Baliñas Vieites
Ein SklaveIlanah Lobel-Torres
A splendid vocal line-up.L'Humanité, 2022
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.Le Figaro, 2022
A very radical production, transposed into a post-apocalyptic world.France musique, 2022
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
Salome : « it will punch you in the stomach »
Understand the plot in 1 minute
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.
© Agathe Poupeney / OnP
Salome : « it will punch you in the stomach »
Interview with Simone Young and Lydia Steier
On the occasion of the new production of Salome, conductor Simone Young and director Lydia Steier discuss Richard Strauss's music and their vision of the work.
© plainpicture/Jasmin Sander
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