29 January - 14 February


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Auditorium

Running time

1:40, no intermission


From €28


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.

Uncontrollable desire and diabolical innocence

When Salome flees the banquet at the court in Judea and the lascivious stares of her stepfather, King Herod, she is intrigued by the voice of the intractable prophet Jochanaan. When he rejects her advances, her desire turns into bloodthirstiness. In a show of manipulation, muscle-flexing and seduction, Salome then performs a dance for her stepfather, whom she manipulates into ordering the execution of Jochanaan. Now she can finally kiss his lips, which bear the bitter taste of blood.


Revival with a new cast

This season, van Hove’s lauded staging of this intense and sensual music drama will be accompanied from the pit by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, led by its chief conductor Lahav Shani. The dramatic soprano Jennifer Holloway, whose portrayal of Salome has won international praise, will make her Dutch National Opera debut. Returning to DNO are Brian Mulligan, making his role debut as the prophet Jochanaan, and mezzo-soprano Doris Soffel as the villainous and conceited Herodias. With a star cast of both well-known and new faces, this reprise promises to enchant, move and fascinate once again.

Performance information

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
Marcel Reijans
Mark Omvlee
Linard Vrielink

Frederik Bergman
ChanHee Cho*

Ein Kappadozier  Maksym Nazarenko*
*Dutch National Opera Studio

Orchestra  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Music drama in one act
Sung in German

Rave reviews
In the media
12 June

And so the Holland Festival and Dutch National Opera have added a legendary performance to their archives.

10 June

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.

14 June

If you were going to see just one Salome in your life, this would be a good choice.

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Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

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.

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