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Strauss' Salome to tour concert halls in 2018

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This Spring, Strauss’ most intense and shocking work, Salome, becomes the latest in Opera North’s series of dramatic operas presented in concert.

Following its critically-acclaimed concert stagings of the Ring CycleTurandot and Billy Budd at Snape Maltings, Opera North brings Richard Strauss' darkly thrilling Salome to concert halls across the UK from April 2018. This is opera at its most extreme, with all the action concentrated into 100 minutes of the most exhilarating music Strauss ever composed.

Salome, the teenage step-daughter of King Herod, is an object of fascination and lust for the guard Narraboth, and for Herod himself. Agreeing to perform the ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’ for her step-father, she demands a macabre gift in return: the severed head of the man she herself desires, the imprisoned prophet Jokanaan (John the Baptist).

Based on Oscar Wilde’s play of the same title, Richard Strauss’ third opera Salome was an immediate, albeit scandalous, success when it premiered in 1905, its Biblical theme permeated with disturbing layers of violence and eroticism. The magnificently rich and intricate score, written for vast orchestral forces, is both ferociously exciting and surprisingly lyrical, building to a feverish climax that has never lost its capacity to chill the blood.

American soprano Jennifer Holloway makes her Opera North debut in the title role, a part she recently sang in Dresden after moving from mezzo to soprano repertoire, while Dutch tenor Arnold Bezuyen makes his Opera North debut as Herodes. Swedish mezzo Katarina Karnéus sings Herodias, while Jokanaan is sung by Robert Hayward, most recently seen as Wotan in Die Walküre (2016). Distinguished British conductor Sir Richard Armstrong returns to conduct.

Following three concerts at Leeds Town Hall, Salome tours to Perth Concert Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, Sage Gateshead, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Hull City Hall. To book tickets or find out more, visit the Salome webpage.

Leeds Town Hall Thu 19 April 7.30pm
Leeds Town Hall Sun 22 April 4.00pm
Leeds Town Hall Wed 25 April 7.30pm
Perth Concert Hall Sun 29 April 3.00pm
Warwick Arts Centre Thu 3 May 7.30pm
Sage Gateshead Sat 5 May 7.30pm
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Thu 10 May 7.30pm
Hull City Hall Wed 16 May 7.30pm

Image Credits:
De Nationale Opera - Dance of the Seven Veils

Jennifer Holloway - Arielle Doneson

 

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