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