Salome Starring Deborah Voigt, in a New Production from the Washington National Opera
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The last date listed for Salome Starring Deborah Voigt, Presented by the Washington National Opera was Wednesday October 20, 2010 / 7:30pm.
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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.