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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
202-467-4600
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"Salome" Starring Deborah Voigt, Presented by the Washington National Opera
22 ratings
4.3 average rating
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22 reviews
0 stars
attended Oct 10 2010

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...continued

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32 reviews
21 stars
attended Oct 20 2010

Deborah Voight is an amazing singing actress and is fascinating to watch in this role. Her teenage years are far behind her but as the Post mentioned in its review, she definitely conveyed the willfulness and petulance of a teenager. This...continued

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7 reviews
2 stars
attended Oct 10 2010

For such a salacious and decadent opera, the stage setting, acting and dances were not very notable. The music was excellent and the singing very good, although again, not evoking much passion.

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Description

Salome

Composed by Richard Strauss

Libretto by the composer

New Production

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.

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