29 January - 14 February
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Auditorium
1:40, no intermission
Uncontrollable desire and diabolical innocence
In 1905 Strauss’ Salome blew audiences away. Now, Ivo van Hove will lift Salome’s veils again. In a revival of his subdued, yet stirring interpretation of this controversial classic, the director shows us the depths of the human psyche and all its passions.
Libretto Richard Strauss based on Salome by Oscar Wilde
Musical direction Lahav Shani
Stage direction Ivo van Hove
Set & lighting design Jan Versweyveld
Costumes An D’Huys
Choreography Wim Vandekeybus
Video Tal Yarden
Dramaturgy Jan Vandenhouwe
Herodes Thomas Blondelle
Herodias Doris Soffel
Salome Jennifer Holloway
Jochanaan Brian Mulligan
Narraboth Omer Kobiljak
Ein Page der Herodias Maya Gour*
Christophe Poncet de Solages
Ein Kappadozier Maksym Nazarenko*
*Dutch National Opera Studio
Orchestra Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Music drama in one act
Sung in German
And so the Holland Festival and Dutch National Opera have added a legendary performance to their archives.
The standard is high at Dutch National Opera, but truly legendary productions remain a rarity. And yet that is the right term for Strauss' Salome in Ivo van Hove's timeless, bloody, stripped-down direction.
If you were going to see just one Salome in your life, this would be a good choice.
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1918, is known for the intensity of its concerts and its colourful sound. Under the direction of conductor Lahav Shani, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra is known for its colourful sound. Lahav Shani’s predecessors Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Valery Gergiev are both honorary conductors of the orchestra. Recent DNO productions for the orchestra were the European premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West in 2019 and Kurt Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins in 2021. This season they will join us in the pit for the revival of Ivo van Hove’s sensual one-act opera Salome.
Almost every performance at Dutch National Opera & Ballet is preceded by an introduction, with background information that can deepen your theater visit. The introductions are in Dutch and admission is free by showing a valid ticket.
Time: 45 minutes before the start of each performance
Location: Odeonzaal; entrance between the even and odd cloakrooms