Salome Starring Deborah Voigt, in a New Production from the Washington National Opera
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With music that sparkles and a playful libretto, Washington National Opera's production of Donizetti's comedy is utterly charming. Handsome Nemorino is mad for the feisty Adina. She doesn't know he exists, but he'll do anything to get her to fall in love with him. Enter the lovable quack Dr. Dulcamara, who provides Nemorino with a "magic" potion -- the elixir of the title -- that sweeps up the lovers in a comically romantic whirlwind. Filled with whimsical wit, beautiful arias and intoxicating duets, the opera is sung in Italian with projected English titles. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from jel1955Red Velvet
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This "Salome" is as good as any one can see in any opera house anywhere in the world. Every singer on the stage was outstanding, with nary a single comprimario in the cast. It was a treat to see a Herod and Heroidias who were actually good singing actors. Ms. Voigt is one of the best sopranos acting and singing on the stage today, and her characterization is touching. She gives us a Salome who is put into a situation far beyond her years, and suffering mortal consequences as a result. Mr. Sumegi is a force of nature, nearly blunted by Ms. Voigt's teenager. What can one say but, "What an amazing basso!" Of particular delight were Sean Panikkar as Narraboth, Richard Berkeley-Steele as Herod, Doris Soffel as Herodias, and Grigory Soloviov as the First Soldier. Each sang musically, with dramatic force, and technically very well.
The production design and costumes were actually beautiful in their way. The direction of Ms. Zambello was incisive and her vision of the piece is direct and satisfying. She tells the story, and gives us good motivation and back story, allowing us to believe and understand the tragedy that is unfolding in front of us.
Having seen this opera in Los Angeles, New York, and in Vienna I recommend this production and this cast without reservation. This is as good a "Salome" as one can see in 2010, and much better than those I have seen in the previous three decades.
Quotes & Highlights
- Explore <em>Salome</em> through listening guides, photo essays and more at the production's WNO <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dc-opera.org/seasontickets/1011/salome.asp">website page</a>.
Composed by Richard Strauss
Libretto by the composer
In German with English supertitles
More than 100 years after its debut, this biblical story of a degenerate princess still has the power to shock. Raised in a corrupt court by a murderous mother and a lecherous step-father, Salome always gets what she wants. And what she wants now is the head of John the Baptist, the fanatical prophet who rejected her advances. Based on Oscar Wilde’s provocative play, Strauss’ ravishingly beautiful score is full of rich, sonorous music and luscious melodies. It is an unforgettable thrill ride to the dark side of the soul.
Opera’s preeminent dramatic soprano, Deborah Voigt—the leading Salome of her generation and “one of the greatest Strauss interpreters of all time” (Wall Street Journal)—makes her WNO debut as the sensuous and psychopathic Salome. Baritone Daniel Sumegi is the prophet Jokanaan (John the Baptist), the object of Salome’s desire, and internationally renowned artists Richard Berkeley-Steele and Doris Soffel debut as the decadent Herod and Herodias. Philippe Auguin conducts Strauss’ lush, intense score (including the feverish “Dance of the Seven Veils”) in a new production by Francesca Zambello.