Calling all opera lovers! The Orchestra is collaborating for the first time with Opera Philadelphia on a theatrically-inspired co-production of Richard Strauss’s compelling and provocative masterpiece, Salome. Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead both performances, on Thursday, May 8, and Saturday, May 10, 2014, in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. The performances of Salome are made possible in part by a generous gift from the Wyncote Foundation.
Above, left to right: Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Opera Philadelphia General Director and President David Devan, and Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore
Yannick comments, “Salome is to me one of the greatest masterpieces written in the 20th century, and bringing this great operatic score to Philadelphia Orchestra audiences is special on its own. To now work closely with Opera Philadelphia to create a theatrical environment around the music makes this project even more exceptional. This will be a unique and dramatic telling of the story of Salome that will mesmerize both Orchestra and Opera audiences. I am thrilled to begin my journey with the Orchestra into the world of opera by working together with our new partners at Opera Philadelphia.”
Yannick is increasingly known and admired for his work in the great opera houses of the world and now brings his unbridled passion for opera to this project—drawing on his close relationships with internationally-acclaimed vocalists, including soprano Camilla Nylund (Salome), mezzo-soprano Birgit Remmert (Herodias), tenor John Mac Master (Herod), and bass-baritone Alan Held (John the Baptist).
Stage director Kevin Newbury and designer Vita Tzykun will transform Verizon Hall with custom-built design and staging elements, stylized costumes, theatrical lighting, and innovative design elements. Even sculptural pieces will be integrated into the hall’s architecture to give this controversial biblical tale a radically new treatment.
Already have your 2013-14 season subscription? Tickets to Salome can be purchased as an add-on to your Philadelphia Orchestra subscription by visiting www.philorch.org/2014 or by calling 215.893.1955. Individual tickets will be made available for purchase at a later date.