Opera for One: Salome


Opera for One: Salome

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House

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.

Conductor Johannes Fritzsch
Director Gale Edwards
Revival Director Andy Morton
Set Designer Brian Thomson
Costume Designer Julie Lynch
Lighting Designer John Rayment
Choreographer Kelley Abbey
Salome Lise Lindstrom
Herodias Jacqueline Dark
Herod Andreas Conrad
Narraboth Paul O'Neill
Jokanaan Alexander Krasnov
Page/Slave Sian Pendry
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
Cappadocian Alexander Hargreaves
First Nazarene David Parkin
Second Nazarene Christopher Hillier

Opera Australia Orchestra

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.

This production of Salome was commissioned by the Opera Conference, Australia’s national partnership of professional opera companies.

Opera for One

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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.

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