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Strauss R. Salome

From 21 April TO 29 April 2023
Wiener Staatsoper - Wien
Program

Strauss R. : Salome

Cast
  • Conductor
    Philippe Jordan
  • Director
    Cyril Teste
  • Performers
    Salome: Malin Byström
    Jochanaan: Iain Paterson
    Herodes: Jörg Schneider
    Herodias: Michaela Schuster
    Narraboth: Daniel Jenz
    Ein Page der Herodias: Isabel Signoret
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Wiener Staatsoper - Wien Location Opernring 2 - 1010 Wien Autriche

  • Venue's Capacity: 1709

The Vienna State Opéra is much more than just a local institution; it is a vital part of the city's identity and a national landmark.

As of the 17th century, the Hapsburgs lavishly patronized the opéra. Family members Ferdinand III and Leopold I composed for the théâtre, while Charles VI tried his hand at conducting the orchestra, and the Empress Maria-Theresa often mingled with the corps de ballet.

During the 19th century, the Karntnerthor-Theater was demolished and the présent building was constructed on the famous " Ring ". It was here that Mahler, with the help of the set designer Alfred RoUer, imposed a new style of performance, based on audacious stagings and a very précise interprétation ofthe score, which demanded countless rehearsals.

After the fall of the Hapsburgs, Richard Strauss took over the reins of the newly baptized Vienna State Opéra. Curiously enough, only one of Strauss'operas, THE WOMAH WITHOUT A SHADOW, was premiered in Vienna. Clemens Krauss and Karl Bôhm were to follow in his footsteps. Under Bôhm's direction, the Opera created its own Company, which was to serve as a model for several générations. Even the bombs that destroyed the opéra house in 1945 could not prevent singer s such as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Irmgard Seefried, Sena Jurinac or Erich Kunz from becoming legendary.

One musn't think that the Viennese applaud only their homegrown stars. In 1955, when Maria Callas came to sing LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR in the reconstructed building with Karajan conducting, the public blocked traffic to pay tribute to the diva... in the street! Karajan succeeàed Karl Bôhm, and invited many international stars to corne sing on the Viennese stage. Works were henceforth sung in their language of origin, and coproductions with La Scala permitted the disco-very of voices such as that of Mirella Freni in LA BOHEME.

Ioan Holender has suceeded in deftly combining these international distributions with an ensemble System. He has scheduled many works never heard on the Viennese stage, which are now included in the Opera's répertoire, such as Verdi's JERUSALEM and Enesco's OEDIPE, furthering a policy instated under Claudio Abbado's brilliant direction. Whatever changes may now occur, the Opera will continue to stage at least 300 performances per season (an absolute world record ren-dered feasible thanks to the în-house technical crew, which hires no less than 250 people), and the public will continue to applaud the finest orchestra any amateur could wish for in the pit : the Vienna Philharmonie !

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Synopsis

Salome

SALOME OPERA


Salome is the most attention-grabbing and an incredible French play which was written by Oscar Wilde. The play has been translated further to German wordings, by Richard Strauss and is based on Hedwig Lanchmann translation.

This play by Richard Strauss is renowned for it is referred to as the dance of seven veils based on biblical account.
The play focuses on the Herodias daughter, her bizarre relationship with john the Baptist leads to her end and her father. It has a superfluous disgusting preceding scene in which Salome declare her love and kisses the detached head of John the Baptist.

This is the most interesting play to watch, it is well-matched to melodic adaptation. Moreover the playwright has used refrain and frequent motifs. Therefore, making it more musical and can collectively been referred to as ballad.

HISTORY

The play was first written by Oscar Wilde in French. It was further composed in German by Richard Strauss and after which it became more popular. The history of the play is deep and long, it was also performed in New York by Mary Garden in 1930s. In 1930, Strauss also made another version of the play in French which did not hit and was later revitalized in the year 1990 in Lyon, and the performance was recorded by Kent Nagano and Karen Huffstodt.

In 2011 it was edited by Liège opera. It was first performed in Dresden 9/12/1905 at the semperoper. It was allowed o be performed at Vienna State Opera in 1918. Up to date it is a renowned play with several recordings.

Act 1

The story takes place in Galilée, at Tiberias, Year 28.

Narraboth is madly falling in love with the princess who is exhausted of the feasting in the house, so she goes on to the terraces to get a fresh air.


Suddenly, she finds herself facing Narraboth who is the head of the guard. The captain is possessed by the beauty of the princess. Jochanaan the prophet is heard screaming from the palace cistern, and this makes Herod to fear, and warns everybody not to concentrate on him.

Act 2

King Herod and his colleagues move to the terraces after their banquet. Narraboth tends to approach the princess in spite of the Herodias opposition, but unfortunately the princess declines. Jochanaan shouts again cursing Herodias, however the king is afraid to tell him to remain silent. Herod hears the discussion of two gents from Nazareth speaking about the miracles by Jesus and he is frightened.

Act 3

Herod finally urges his daughter to bop with him, and vows to give her whatever she asks for, including half his realm. She accepts to join him in the dance regardless of Herodias objection. As they continue to dance, the princess undresses in front of her stepfather. She then asks for the Head of Jochanaan on a silver plate.

Herodias is happy although Herod becomes doomed he accepts. The princess is very happy and takes the head of jochanaan and kisses it.

MAIN ROLES


Salome, his daughter and niece, soprano

Jochanaan, John the Baptist, baritone

First soldier, bass

Second soldier, bass

 Herodias, his wife and sister in law, mezzo-soprano

The page of Herodias, contralto

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