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Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor

Camilla Nylund - Soprano

Birgit Remmert - Mezzo-soprano

John Mac Master - Tenor

Alan Held - Bass-baritone

Andrew Staples - Tenor

Kevin Newbury - Director

Vita Tzykum - Production Design


Strauss - Salome

Thursday, May 8, 2014

8:00 pm Verizon Hall

Please note there will be no late seating and there is no intermission. We encourage you to arrive early to ensure you do not miss the performance.

Explore the theatrically-inspired production of Richard Strauss’s compelling and provocative masterpiece, Salome.

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The fast-paced one-act opera Salome is among the most important musical works of the 20th century. It stands out for its revolutionary use of a large-scale orchestra and virtuosic singers as much as for its graphic depiction of this deeply psychological tale. Mahler, who attended the 1906 premiere along with Puccini, Zemlinsky, and Schoenberg, praised Salome as “one of the greatest masterworks of our time.” Strauss’s brilliant use of the orchestra and soloists are as demanding today as the day it premiered. The shocking tale of incest, torture, and necrophilia is depicted through a virtuosic score of massive proportions. The story recounts Salome’s twisted relationship between her stepfather, King Herod, and an obsession with his captive, John the Baptist. It culminates with the famous “Dance of the Seven Veils” and an explicit scene with the beheaded prisoner. Salome herself sums up the psychological tale when she sings the line: “The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.” With the music, the Orchestra, and soloists as the main focus, this is a rare chance to hear the score in full force. The Philadelphia Orchestra joins forces with Opera Philadelphia for this co-production.

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Michael Bolton, Vice President of Community Programs, Opera Philadelphia, in Verizon Hall

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These performances are made possible in part by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation and the Presser Foundation.