The leitmotif associated with Salome herself. The leitmotif associated with Jochanaan or prophecy. The music of Salome includes a system of leitmotifsor short melodies with symbolic meanings. Some are clearly associated with people such as Salome and Jochanaan John the Baptist.
But the staging itself, first unveiled in and last seen inis starting to show its age. Article Continued Below The combination of grunge-modern set and projection of videos was novel 17 years ago.
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As well, buried memories of sexual abuse were hot topics, thanks to news of horrors from schools and residential churches. In this story, Salome takes a shine to John the Baptist, who is being held captive by her father, King Herod. We need to be thankful for a fantastic cast and the glorious work of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra under music director Johannes Debus.
The biggest revelation was Swedish-American soprano Erika Sunnegardh as Salome, who more than held her own against the orchestral swells. She not only sang with power and beauty, but brought an affecting physical vulnerability to her role.
Hanna Schwarz was strong as Herodias and Martin Gantner brought suitable angst to the short but intense time John the Baptist spends on stage. Alan Held shares this role with Gantner over the course of the remaining seven performances.
But people at the Four Seasons Centre still gasped when they saw this on Sunday afternoon. The music packs the same punch as that image — and that is reason enough to check it out.REVIEW Salome English National Opera, London Coliseum, ★★★☆☆ IN Richard Strauss’s opera Salome, the heroine demands the head of John the Baptist on a plate.
In Adena Jacobs’s new production at ENO Salome also gets a huge decapitated horse with an electric pink mane à la My Little Pony. When it’s Salome’s turn to be objectified, she won’t play.
This reimagined dance of the seven veils (the bit that everyone remembers about Salome) is a masterpiece. Played by Allison Cook, whose beautifully fluid voice is matched by strong physical characterisation, this Salome doesn’t strip.
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The publicity material for this new production of Richard Strauss’ opera arrestingly describes the director’s perspective as ‘feminine’, and the bright-pink posters show the image of a.
Strauss’s Salome came back to the Met on Monday, unfortunately in Jürgen Flimm’s silly production, introduced back in Santo Loquasto’s incongruously modern costumes added nothing to.
In this sense Salome also jibes with today’s #MeToo movement, as women speak truth to the power of the male gaze. The Tetrarch’s pestering of Salome to dance for him literally embodies women’s objectification.
The twist, of course, as anyone familiar with the New Testament knows, is the price Salome exacts for her dance.