Washington National Opera: Salome

Thursday, October 07, 2010 - Saturday, October 23, 2010


$60.00 - $300.00

Run Time:

Approx. 100 minutes

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Richard Strauss' Salome
Libretto by the composer

More than 100 years after its debut, this biblical story of a degenerate princess still has the power to shock. Raised in a corrupt court by a murderous mother and a lecherous step-father, Salome always gets what she wants. And what she wants now is the head of John the Baptist, the fanatical prophet who has rejected her advances. Based on Oscar Wilde's provocative play, Strauss' ravishingly beautiful score is full of rich, sonorous music and luscious melodies. It is an unforgettable thrill ride to the dark side of the soul. 

Opera's preeminent dramatic soprano, Deborah Voigt--the leading Salome of her generation and "one of the greatest Strauss interpreters of all time" (Wall Street Journal)--makes her WNO debut as the sensuous and psychopathic Salome. Baritone Daniel Sumegi is the prophet Jokanaan (John the Baptist), the object of Salome's desire, and internationally renowned artists Richard Berkeley-Steele and Doris Soffel debut as the decadent Herod and Herodias. Philippe Auguin returns to conduct Strauss' lush, intense score (including the feverish "Dance of the Seven Veils") in a new production by Francesca Zambello.

Performed in German with English supertitles.
Supertitles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra; please contact WNO Audiences Services at (202) 295-2400 for further information.

The performance runs approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes, with NO intermission.
PLEASE NOTE: There is NO late seating during this performance. Monitors are available outside of 
the Opera House for late arrivals to view the opera. Please plan travel carefully and allow extra time 
for traffic, parking, and walking to the Opera House.

O-Zone Lecture: Free pre-performance lecture in the Opera House - Fri., Oct. 15 at 6:15 p.m.
Patrons must present a ticket or stub from any performance of this production.

Artist Q&A's follow the performances on: Sun. mat, Oct. 10 & Mon., Oct. 18.

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