A new stage production directed by Ivo van Hove at De Nationale Opera
Malin Byström (Salome), Evgeny Nikitin (Jochanaan), Peter Sonn (Narraboth) © Clärchen & Matthias Baus
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.
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!’
According to the Financial Times, 'A Salome to die for at Dutch National Opera' (Shirley Apthorp, June 14, 2017)
Recording date June 2017
Duration 105 mins
Production Company FRA Productions
Co-Production Company DNO
Conductor Daniele Gatti
Stage Director Ivo van Hove
Orchestra / Band Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Director François Roussillon
Distribution TV FRA Distribution
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