R. Strauss: Salome

New production. Valery Gergiev conducts Münchner Philhamoniker. Producer Philipp Stölzl

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She was decadent and lascivious, this Salome, and thus practically tailor-made for Richard Strauss, who used Oscar Wilde’s licentious text as the basis for his most sensual score. It wasn’t a drumroll that ushered in the new century, but a serpentine clarinet solo. “How beautiful is the Princess Salome!” as the tenor sums up the composer’s attempts to find the most magnificent colors for the deepest moral depravity. It isn’t a large leap from this court society of Judea to the Munich glitterati. The score also serves as an example of how the Jugendstil was incorporated into music. For the Münchner Philharmoniker, bringing this all to life is a matter of both honor and passion. The production is the work of Philipp Stölzl, a film and opera director whose stagings have been seen at the Salzburg and Bregenz festivals.

Photo that shows Gergiev 2004 Blauer Hg C Borggreve. © Marco Borggreve
© Marco Borggreve


Richard Strauss
Salome – Opera in one act
Libretto by Richard Strauss after the drama by Oscar Wilde, translated by Hedwig Lachmann.

With German and English supertitles.

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