The story, the music, the trivia — here's everything you need to know about Strauss' Salome in one place. Read More
19 Apr - 16 May 2018
Richard Strauss' visceral and shocking masterpiece
Based on Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, this is the savage and bloody tale of King Herod’s step-daughter. When Herod’s prisoner Jokanaan (John the Baptist) rebuffs her advances, Salome vows she will kiss him – no matter the consequences.
Opera North returns to the concert hall, following acclaimed concert stagings of the Ring cycle and Turandot, to present a concert performance of Salome, a piece which caused outrage when it was first performed. From the seductive ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’ to the explosive vocal parts, the violent sensuality of the score illustrates every moment of the story with unflinching vividness. This is opera at its most extreme, concentrated into 100 intense and exhilarating minutes.
Approximately 1 hour 40 minutes (with no interval)
Sung in German with English titles
...highly successful...at every moment the audience is palpably gripped...this is opera at its most nakedly potent.
The Telegraph - Full Review ›
...an outstanding central performance by Jennifer Holloway...Strauss wraps it in an orchestral score masterfully paced by the conductor Richard Armstrong.
The Times (£) - Full Review ›
The American soprano was a revelation...this powerful concert of Salome became immersive theatre of the mind's eye.
WhatsOnStage - Full Review ›
We caught up with conductor Sir Richard Armstrong to discover more about this groundbreaking opera, and what he is looking forward to about working with the Orchestra of Opera North again. Read More
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Explore the pre-theatre menu (available Monday to Saturday 5.00-6.30pm) or a la carte menu at Iberica, Leeds' authentic Spanish dining experience, just a three minute walk from Leeds Town Hall. Turandot bookers can also enjoy a complimentary glass of cava when ordering from either menu on presentation of ticket (day of performance).
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As Herod holds a feast, Narraboth, the Captain of his Guards, stands outside staring longingly at Salome and tells the Page of Herodias of his obsession with her beauty.
From the depths of the cistern where he has been imprisoned Jokanaan is heard proclaiming the coming of Christ. Salome enters, driven out of Herod’s presence by his lustful staring at her and by the coarse behaviour of the guests at his feast. When she hears the voice of Jokanaan she is immediately fascinated, as she knows that Herod lives in fear of him and of the accusations he makes against Herodias, her mother. She does not understand the meaning of his words but she wants to see him, and when Narraboth tells her that this has been forbidden by Herod she exploits the power she has over the young soldier to make him disobey his orders and fetch Jokanaan.
As soon as he is let up from the cistern, Jokanaan begins to denounce Herod and Herodias for their licentiousness. Salome is horrified by him but mesmerised by his presence and will not leave him, despite the pleas of Narraboth. When Jokanaan learns that she is the daughter of Herodias he denounces her, urging her to repent and to follow Christ. Salome is overcome with desire for him and tries to persuade him to return her passion, ecstatically praising in turn his body, his hair and his mouth. Narraboth is distraught at this manifestation of Salome’s lust and kills himself, but Jokanaan is unmoved by her and continues his denunciations. Finally he curses her and returns to his prison.
Herod emerges from the feast in pursuit of Salome, jealously followed by Herodias. He sees the dead body of Narraboth and senses an ominous menace in the atmosphere. His attempts to humour Salome are rebuffed. They are interrupted by the voice of Jokanaan and Herodias suggests that he should be delivered up to the Jews. A group of Jews and Nazarenes discuss the prophet and the miracles he has performed.
Jokanaan is heard proclaiming the Messiah. Herodias demands that he be silenced but Herod ignores her and begs Salome to dance for him. He promises her anything, even half his kingdom if she will. Salome, to her mother’s fury, finally agrees to dance, but only after having made Herod swear that he will give her whatever she asks for.
Salome performs her dance of the seven veils. When it is over Herod is at first ecstatic, then horrified when Salome demands her reward: the head of Jokanaan on a silver platter. Herod is appalled and begs Salome to choose something else, offering her the most sumptuous gifts at his command if she will change her mind.
Urged on by Herodias, Salome is adamant and Herod nally surrenders to her will, giving the orders for Jokanaan’s execution. Salome waits. The head of Jokanaan is brought to her. At last she is able to kiss his mouth. In her moment of triumph, Herod orders her death.