Grotesque, erotic, forbidden, psychotic, macabre – Salome mirrors the extreme limits of the darkest sides of the human condition.
In the 1890s Oscar Wilde passionately took hold of the biblical story about Salome, Herod and John the Baptist. A few years after his death, Richard Strauss transformed Wilde's work into an intense opera that reaches its chilling climax in the course of just one act.
It was not the shocking story that appealed to Strauss, but the opportunity to make glittering, explosive music. He makes straight for the disturbingly violent emotions of the characters: Herod sneers and his wife Herodias nags, while Princess Salome sings, uninhibited and sensually, in an unparalleled soundscape. The original-sounding orchestral 'Dance of the Seven Veils' is one of the operas's highlights, until the double basses tremble, warning ominously of something falling heavily to the floor …
The British soprano Allison Oakes
takes over the title role. Oakes is known for her interpretations of dramatic opera roles, and has excelled in the role of Salome in Germany. She is now visiting Bergen alongside a star-studded cast of singers. With Edward Gardner
and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
all the ingredients are in place for a night of passion!
Image: Allison Oakes (photo: Fiona MacPherson)
Performance programme (pdf)
The title role is replaced by soprano Allison Oakes (23 May 2022).
New date: This event was postponed from the 2020 Bergen International Festival and has a new concert date in 2022.