Music drama in one act, in German, with Hungarian an English surtitles
When Richard Strauss chose Oscar Wilde’s “scandalous” Salome as the subject for his new opera, the audience of the day was astonished that he would dare to present the story of Saint John the Baptist and Salome to them on the opera stage as an erotic and bloody vision. Nevertheless, the work proved to be a tremendous success even at its 1905 Dresden world premiere, with Gustav Mahler going so far as to call the piece “one of the most important works of our time.”
The Hungarian State Opera gave the work its first Budapest staging in 1912, which has been followed by numerous other productions over the course of the past century. This time, the audience will get to hear Strauss’s amazing opera in concert version at the Erkel Theatre, with the superb Lithuanian soprano Vida Miknevičiūtė in the title role.
ConductorBalázs KocsárHerodesAttila FeketeHerodiasGyöngyi LukácsSalomeVida MiknevičiūtėJokanaanKároly SzemerédyNarrabothPéter BalczóPageAndrea SzántóFirst JewIstván HorváthSecond JewZoltán MegyesiThird JewTivadar KissFourth JewJános SzerekovánFifth JewBence PatakiFirst NazareneKolos KovátsSecond NazareneBarna Bartos univ. stud.First soldierRóbert RezsnyákSecond soldierFerenc Endrész univ. stud.A CappadocianGergely Halász univ.stud.A slavePéter Kiss
Libretto after the play of the same title by Oscar Wilde by Richard Strauss