OPERA - NEW PRODUCTION
The image of Salome kissing the severed head of John the Baptist
(Jochanaan) at once repulses and fascinates, permeating popular culture
from classical painting to theatre. Based on Oscar Wilde’s notorious
play, Strauss’ scandalous opera combines a biblical tale with sexual
awakening, eroticism and murder, exploring the nature of desire and
outer limits of human behaviour.
Irresistible Salome, the teenage stepdaughter of King Herod
(Herodes), is overcome by her desire for the prophet Jochanaan. After
his rejection, she takes her revenge by demanding his head.
Emotion rings out in the music which holds a physical power and
immediacy, full of rich orchestral colour, and includes the infamous
‘Dance of the Seven Veils’. A stellar international and Australian cast
features Vida Miknevičiūtė, Ian Storey, Daniel Sumegi, Liane Keegan and
Prepare to be astounded and mesmerised by this horrifying yet
exhilarating spectacle. One of the most extreme operatic experiences,Salome is an extraordinary work that still has the same power to shock audiences as it did when it was first performed.