OCTOBER 18, 2013 (7:30 PM)
OCTOBER 20, 2013 (2 PM)
Strauss' white-hot depiction of the story of King Herod's capture of John the Baptist and Salome's fascination with him caught the attention of the entire opera world when it premiered in 1905. Salome is a disturbed and overtly sensual woman whose shocking behavior is matched in potency only by the latent lechery of the king. The setting is not a tranquil court, but rather a den of vipers where no man is safe from seduction and harm.
The music makes great technical demands on the orchestra and vocalists. The story makes emotional demands on all who enter. Experience this thrilling opera in a unique setting as Utah Opera temporarily moves to Abravanel Hall during Capitol Theatre renovation. The semi-staged production will be filled with all the beautiful music and colorful costumes you expect from a night at the opera.
Marcy stonikas (washington)
Utah Opera Debut
Elektra, A Streetcar Named Desire, Lyric Opera of Chicago; Arabella, Santa Fe Opera; La fille du régiment, Cavalleria rusticana, Gran Teatre del Liceu; The Inspector, Boston Lyric Opera
The Passenger, Rigoletto, Houston Grand Opera; Arabella, Metropolitan Opera
Michael Chioldi (NEW YORK)
Most Recently at Utah Opera: Il Trovatore
Giovanna D'Arco, Chicago Opera Theater; Falstaff, Chautauqua Opera; Tosca, Hawaii Opera Theater
Don Carlos, Austin Lyric Opera; Macbeth, Palm Beach Opera; La Bohème, Royal Albert Hall, London; Nabucco, Baltimore Lyric Opera
Jon FRedric West (OHIO)
Utah Opera Debut
Tristan und Isolde, Wiener Staatsoper, Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Salzburger Festpiele, Staatstheater Stuttgart; Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, Bayerische Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opéra de Nice; Tannhäuser, Metropolitan Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Teatro Real, La Monnaie, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin; Ariadne auf Naxos, Opéra national de Paris, Metropolitan Opera; Die Frau ohne Schatten, Teatro alla Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper; Samson et Dalila, Metropolitan Opera, Oper Zürich
Judea, A.D. 30. From the moonlit terrace of King Herod's palace, Narraboth, captain of the guard, gazes rapturously inside at the Princess Salome, who is feasting with her stepfather and his court. The voice of the prophet Jochanaan echoes from a deep cistern, where he is imprisoned by the king, who fears him. Salome, bored with Herod's lechery and his coarse guests, rushes out for fresh air and becomes curious when she hears Jochanaan curse Herodias, her mother...
Strauss’ SALOME is one of the most thrilling musical and theatrical experiences that opera has to offer. Based on Oscar Wilde’s provocative re-telling of the Biblical story, the opera features gorgeous music, rich characters and a potent story about sex, greed and morality...
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