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Saturday, January 23, 2016 Permalink

At The Opera, R. Strauss: Salome, January 23, 2016


Salome, Op. 54, is an opera in one act by Richard Strauss to a German libretto by the composer, based on Hedwig Lachmann's German translation of the French play Salomé by Oscar Wilde.

Salome is often identified with the dancing woman from the New Testament (Mark 6:17-29 and Matthew 14:3-11, where, however, her name is not given). Christian traditions depict her as an icon of dangerous female seductiveness, notably in regard to the dance mentioned in the New Testament, which is thought to have had an erotic element to it, and in some later transformations it has further been iconized as the Dance of the Seven Veils.

Salome - Catherine Malfitano

John the Baptist - Bryn Terfel

Narraboth - Kim Begley

Herod – Kenneth Riegel

Herodias – Hanna Schwartz

Wiener Philharmoniker · Christoph von Dohnanyi - conductor


Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
Richard Strauss: Salome BUY ; Von Dohnanyi, conductor Malfitano / Terfel
J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus Act 2 BUY Vienna Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod BUY ; Gyorgy Lehel, conductor
Gioachino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia: Act 1. Largo al factotum - Sherrill Milnes BUY London Philharmonic; Silvio Varviso, conductor Sherrill Milnes
Polygram Records 4213222
W.A. Mozart: Cosi fan tutte: Act 1. Soave sia il vento - Lucia Popp/Brigitte Fassbaender/Tom Krause BUY Vienna Haydn Orchestra; Istvan Kertesz, conductor Lucia Popp/Brigitte Fassbaender/Tom Krause
Polygram Records 4213222
Catalani: La Wally: Act 1. Ebben? Ne andro lontana - Renata Tebaldi BUY L'Orchestre National de l'Opera de Monte-Carlo; Fausto Cleva, conductor Renata Tebaldi
Polygram Records 4213222
Charles Gounod: Faust: Act 5. Alerte! alerte! - Nicolai Ghiaurov/Joan Sutherland/Franco Corelli/Ambrosian Opr Chor BUY London Symphony; Richard Bonynge, conductor Nicolai Ghiaurov/Joan Sutherland/Franco Corelli
Polygram Records 4213222
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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