The opera is famous (at the time of its premiere, infamous) for its "Dance of the Seven Veils". The final scene is frequently heard as a concert-piece for dramatic sopranos.
The combination of the Christian biblical theme, the erotic and the murderous, which so attracted Wilde to the tale, shocked opera audiences from its first appearance.
Salome - Brigit Nilsson
Herod - Gerhard Stolze
Herodias - Grace Hoffman
John the Baptist - Eberhard Wachter
Sir Georg Solti - conductor