Salome Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
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Modern psychology made its first appearance on the opera stage with Richard Strauss’ masterpiece Salome. It is a short yet extremely powerful work; an inescapable lava flow of religion, sex and violence.
The central character in Salome is the spoilt princess of Judea, who demands the head of John the Baptist if she cannot gain his love.
Cosima Wagner reproached Strauss for focusing on the ‘diabolic element’ of Oscar Wilde’s play ‘Salome’, on which the opera is based. Emperor Wilhelm II also had his reservations about the project, saying ‘(Strauss) will harm himself considerably with this’. On which the composer, looking back on a sensational success, remarked ‘I used the proceeds of this harm to build the villa in Garmisch!’
Team, Cast and Chorus
- Musical director
- Daniele Gatti
- Stage director
- Ivo van Hove
- Sets and lighting
- Jan Versweyveld
- An D'Huys
- Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
- Lance Ryan
- Doris Soffel
- Malin Byström
- Evgeny Nikitin
- Ein Page der Herodias
- Hanna Hipp
- Fünf Juden
- Dietmar Kerschbaum
- Zwei Nazarener
- James Creswell
Director Ivo van Hove (De zaak Makropulos, Iolanta, Der Schatzgräber) is the ideal person to stage this new production. He is bound to do justice to the sultry atmosphere of Salome and probe deep into the human spirit.
Following his grand DNO debut in Falstaff, conductor Daniele Gatti is returning with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, of which he is now principal conductor.
Malin Byström is making her debut in Amsterdam as Salome, while Doris Soffel (Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Die Frau ohne Schatten and Salome) is singing the role of her cunning mother Herodias.
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Daniele Gatti
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is regarded by international critics as one of the best orchestras in the world. It is known for its unique sound and stylistic flexibility, and works with the leading composers and conductors in the world. From the 2016/17 season, Daniele Gatti is the orchestra’s principal conductor. The orchestra has its own label, RCO Live. Young orchestral musicians are trained at the Academy of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The orchestra’s most recent productions with DNO are: Parsifal (2012), Falstaff (2014), Lulu (2015) and in June 2016 Pique dame, conducted by Mariss Jansons.
‘From memory, the conductor (Daniele Gatti) let the superior musicians of the Concertgebouw Orchestra trip and dance over the right notes, picked out the details, spurred on where necessary and – most important of all – coordinated the stage and the pit to perfection’. Trouw about Falstaff, 2014