A thrilling, but unrelentingly distressing story fortified with desire, socio-political and religious tension and sexual violence.
A German modernist masterpiece first produced by Richard Strauss in 1908 and based on Oscar Wilde’s 1891 play, originally written in French of the same name, “Salome” is a story known by many. The plot follows the seductive Salome and her vengeance against the unyielding Jokaanan, which she achieves by persuading her stepfather Herod to behead him.
The third revival of David McVicar’s 2008 operatic masterpiece included a greater degree of violence, nudity, shock and horror than previous adaptations. The beautifully dynamic set showed an increasing number of characters descending from the decadent feast that portrayed the moral descent of the characters as they moved from the decadent feast above to the bare and decrepit kitchens below.
Most impressive and captivating of all was the “Dance of the Seven Veils” which heavily suggested that the manipulative Salome was in fact more of a victim of the powerful Herodias, in contrast to how she is usually depicted in previous versions of the opera. Unfortunately, although Salome is a well-regarded Strauss, it is unlikely to return to the ROH for a number of years. There are, however, a number of exciting Operas coming up!
You can find all upcoming productions at the Royal Opera House for this season on the link below: