6, 12 and 14 Feb 2022
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage
1:45, no intermission
Uncontrollable desire and diabolical innocence
The staged production of Salome had to be cancelled, but we are pleased to announce that we can now present three concert performances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Cornelius Meister, and the original cast.
Salome - concert
Musical direction Cornelius Meister
Herodes Thomas Blondelle
Herodias Doris Soffel
Salome Jennifer Holloway
Jochanaan Brian Mulligan
Narraboth Gerard Schneider
Ein Page der Herodias Maya Gour*
Christophe Poncet de Solages
Ein Kappadozier Maksym Nazarenko*
*Dutch National Opera Studio
Jeroen de Vaal
Orchestra Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest
Sung in German
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.
Cornelius Meister - conductor
The acclaimed Cornelius Meister proved to be an exceptional talent when he made his debut at the Hamburgische Staatsoper at the age of 21. He has mastered a particularly wide repertoire, including both Die Zauberflöte and Der Ring des Nibelungen as well as the integral symphonies of Bruckner and Martinů and numerous world premieres. Since 2018, he has been chief conductor of the Staatsoper and the Staatsorchester Stuttgart. With this concertante version of Strauss' Salome, he makes his debut with Dutch National Opera.
Photo: Marco Borggreve
No chopped-off head, no dance with seven veils, but 'Salome' hits like a bomb
The National Opera knows how to give a beastly voice to Salome's perverse story
The [Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra] was conducted by Cornelius Meister, a Strauss specialist who was clearly enjoying his DNO debut. He allowed the orchestra to whirl and sway and gave the singers plenty of room
No decor or costumes needed to leave the audience wrung out
An overwhelmingly strong singers' line-up
Horrifying ... Goosebumps ... Breathtaking
Superlatives fall short. Everything is right in this production: both musically and theatrically.
The legendary performance of opera Salome: timeless, bloody and magnificent.
If you were going to see just one Salome in your life, this would be a good choice.