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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.
Beneath desire, depravity. Beneath lust, bloodlust. Beneath the veils, everything is laid bare.
In King Herod’s lurid fantasies, lust has no boundaries and desire no limits. Even his own stepdaughter tempts him, taunts him: Salome, the virgin seductress, an innocent with a taste for blood.
Strauss’ taboo-breaking opera strips back Oscar Wilde’s play to its core: a gripping journey to the outer edges of human behaviour.
The music is at once ravishing and repellent. Strauss augments an enormous orchestra with organ, harps and celestas. The effect is a web of exotic melodies, enticing rhythms and intriguing dissonance, famously on display in the ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’. Heard live, it is an unforgettable experience.
Lise Lindstrom is riveting as Salome, finding fragility and nuance in a role that demands a powerhouse voice and gifted actress.
Enjoy dinner before the opera at Sydney Opera House
Allow us to make your dinner reservation for you: 6pm at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre. You'll be served a themed three-course menu for just $69, including a glass of Mascareri Prosecco on arrival. View the menu.
Simply add dinner to your cart after selecting tickets. If you already have tickets, simply sign in to your account and go to 'upcoming performances' to add a dinner reservation.
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|Revival Director||Andy Morton|
|Set Designer||Brian Thomson|
|Costume Designer||Julie Lynch|
|Lighting Designer||John Rayment|
|First Jew||Virgilio Marino|
|Second Jew||Brad Cooper|
|Third Jew||Benjamin Rasheed|
|Fourth Jew||Tomas Dalton|
|Fifth Jew||Andrew Moran|
|First Soldier||Gennadi Dubinsky|
|Second Soldier||Ryan Sharp|
|First Nazarene||David Parkin|
|Second Nazarene||Christopher Hillier|
Please note: this production contains strobe lighting effects and adult themes; not recommended for children.
Running time: approximately 1 hour & 40 minutes, with no interval.
Sung in German with English surtitles.
This production of Salome was commissioned by the Opera Conference, Australia’s national partnership of professional opera companies.
Salome is used to being wanted: by Narraboth, by her stepfather Herod, by anyone who sees her beauty. But the prophet Jokanaan does not want her – and he denies her advances forcefully. The prophet condemns the evil in Herod’s court.
Salome is incensed, and she uses Herod’s weakness to have her revenge on Jokanaan.
Dinner at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre
Allow us to make your dinner reservation for you: 6pm at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre.
You'll be served a themed three-course menu for just $69, including a glass of Mascareri Prosecco on arrival. Simply add dinner to your cart after selecting your tickets.
A glass of Mascareri Prosecco NV
Warm bread roll with Pepe Saya butter (gluten free available)
Confit Atlantic salmon, pickled cucumber salad, ginger, coriander, mint GF, DF
Spiced gazpacho, Mediterranean avocado salsa, almond skordalia VEGAN, DF
Rangers Valley slow-cooked beef brisket, spiced malt jus, white onion purée GF
Polenta verde, kale pesto, ricotta, blistered tomato, grilled fennel V
Summer leaves, young sprouts, chardonnay vinaigrette VEGAN, DF ($7)
Vanilla mousse, brown sugar meringue, berries, lime, olive oil curd GF
Published menu is subject to change without notice. Specific dietary requirements can be accommodated on request with 48 hours notice; please send us an email after booking.