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SalomeNew production

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NationaltheaterMunich, Bavaria, Germany
June 27 19:00, July 02 20:00, July 06 20:00, July 10 19:00
Festival: Munich Opera Festival
Performers
Bavarian State Opera
Kirill PetrenkoConductor
Krzysztof WarlikowskiDirector
Małgorzata SzczęśniakSet Designer, Costume Designer
Marlis PetersenSopranoSalome
Michaela SchusterMezzo-sopranoHerodias
Wolfgang Ablinger-SperrhackeTenorHerodes
Pavol BreslikTenorNarraboth
Wolfgang KochBaritoneJochanaan
Rachael WilsonMezzo-sopranoHerodias's Page
Scott MacAllisterTenor1st Jew
Michael PorterTenor2nd Jew
Kristofer LundinTenor3rd Jew
Kevin ConnersTenor4th Jew
Ulrich ReßTenor2nd Nazarene
Callum ThorpeBass-baritone1st Nazarene
Kristof KlorekBass-baritone1st Soldier
Alexander MilevBass2nd Soldier
Peter LobertBass5th Jew
Milan SiljanovBassCappadocian
Marielle KahnDirector
Felice RossLighting Designer
Claude BardouilChoreography
Malte KrastingDramaturgy
Bayerisches Staatsorchester

"The secret of love is greater than the secret of death" (Salome)

"How beautiful Princess Salome is tonight!". Oscar Wilde's French drama, arranged as opera text by the composer himself, was a stroke of genius of the fin de siècle, a scandal on one hand and an absolute hit on the other, both an artistic and a financial success which allowed Richard Strauss to buy his villa in Garmisch. Salome demands the head of the prophet, John the Baptist, who has rejected her, from her lustful stepfather – and bound by an oath, he cannot deny her. And so the zealous admonisher dies, and with him the princess is undone – "Kill this woman!". Krzysztof Warlikowski is convinced that Salome recounts many of the contradictions of the period of origin, that in this piece, however, much is also dismissed of that which at the time was still the future: "It's not just what's in the work of art itself that is important, whether it be Oscar Wilde or Richard Strauss, but rather the whole context, which Christianity and the history of the 20th century add to this piece."

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