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Salome Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

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.


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
Tal Yarden
Wim Vandekeybus
Jan Vandenhouwe
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Lance Ryan
Doris Soffel
Malin Byström
Evgeny Nikitin
Peter Sonn (June 9, 12, 18, 27 and July 2, 5)
NN (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)


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.

    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