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Salome Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

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Diabolic innocence

Duration 1:45

By Richard Strauss

Language German

Surtitles English & Dutch

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.

In short

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.

  • Director Ivo van Hove tells us how he stages 'his' Salome
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    Background

    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!’

    Ivo van Hove

    Ivo van Hove (director) was appointed director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam in 2001 and directed the Holland Festival from 1998 to 2004. Van Hove’s productions are performed at many venues in the Netherlands and abroad, including theatres in New York (Broadway), London (West End), Seoul and Melbourne.

    Daniele Gatti

    Daniele Gatti (musical director) studied composition and conducting at the Verdi Conservatory in Milan. Between 2008 and 2016, he was the conductor of the Orchestre National de France.

    Team, Cast and Chorus

    Musical director 
    Daniele Gatti
    Stage director 
    Ivo van Hove
    Sets and lighting 
    Jan Versweyveld
    Costumes 
    An D'Huys
    Video  
    Tal Yarden
    Choreography 
    Wim Vandekeybus
    Dramaturgy 
    Jan Vandenhouwe
    Orchestra 
    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Herodes 
    Lance Ryan
    Herodias 
    Doris Soffel
    Salome 
    Malin Byström
    Jochanaan 
    Evgeny Nikitin
    Narraboth 
    Peter Sonn (June 9, 12, 18, 27 and July 2, 5)
    Attilio Glaser (June 21, 24)
    Ein Page der Herodias 
    Hanna Hipp
    Fünf Juden 
    Dietmar Kerschbaum
    Marcel Reijans
    Mark Omvlee
    Marcel Beekman
    Alexander Vassiliev
    Zwei Nazarener 
    James Creswell
    Roger Smeets
    Zwei Soldaten 
    James Platt
    Alexander Milev
    Ein Cappadocier 
    Michael Wilmering (Dutch National Opera - talent)

    Creation

    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.

    Music

    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.

      Wed 10 Feb

      ‘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