Salome Starring Deborah Voigt, in a New Production from the Washington National Opera
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Mozart's whimsical opera The Magic Flute springs to life via the Washington National Opera and vivid, colorful sets and costumes from Japanese-American artist Jun Kaneko. This adventure-filled opera begins as the Queen of the Night sends the brave Prince Tamino on a quest to rescue her daughter from an evil sorcerer. Accompanied by the clumsy and comical birdcatcher Papageno, Tamino braves all obstacles to find the princess and defeat the sorcerer, only to find that all is not what it seems. Tamino's adventure is marked by dramatic plot twists as trickery and betrayals are revealed, and the true villain emerges. This production is sung in English with projected English titles. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
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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.
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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.