Salome © beyond | Leopold Kogler

Musicdrama in one act (1905)

Music by Richard Strauss, Version by Eberhard Kloke

Libretto based on Oscar Wilde´s Salome translated into German by Hedwig Lachmann

In German with German surtitles

Production of Theater an der Wien

Premiere: Saturdday, 18 January 2020, 7 pm

Performances: 20 / 23 / 25 / 28 / 30 January 2020, 7 pm

Synopsis

Herod, the Tetrarch of Galilee, has had the prophet Jochanaan imprisoned for constantly criticising his wife Herodias. But even in his prison the prophet continues his threats. During a banquet Princess Salome, Herodias’s daughter, hears Jochanaan’s words from the cistern which is the prophet’s prison. She wants to see this peculiar person. While she finds the prophet’s appearance attractive, he is  repelled by the Princess’s sensual beauty. Salome is aroused by his rejection and  wants to kiss his mouth. But Jochanaan keeps up threats from his dungeon. Herodias angrily demands that Herod have the prophet killed, but the King is reluctant: Jochanaan may after all be a holy man. As a diversion from this marital strife Herod calls on Salome to dance for him. She only agrees after Herod vows to grant her every wish. After she has danced she demands Jochanaan’s head. Herod is horrified, but Salome insists. Jochanaan is beheaded and his head presented to Salome on a silver platter. Now she kisses Jochanaan’s mouth.

Cast

Conductor

Leo Hussain

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Director

Nikolaus Habjan

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Stage design

Julius Theodor Semmelmann

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Costume design

Cedric Mpaka

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Light design

Paul Grilj

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Dramaturgy

Olaf A. Schmitt

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Herodes

John Daszak

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Herodias

Michaela Schuster

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Salome

Marlis Petersen

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Jochanaan

Johan Reuter

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Narraboth

Martin Mitterrutzner

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Page der Herodias

Tatiana Kuryatnikova

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Erster Jude

Paul Schweinester

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Zweiter Jude

Johannes Bamberger

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Dritter Jude

Quentin Desgeorges

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Vierter Jude

Andrew Owens

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Fünfter Jude / Erster Soldat

Dumitru Mădăraşăn

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Kappadozier / Erster Nazarener

Kristján Jóhannesson

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Zweiter Soldat / 2. Nazarener

Ivan Zinoviev

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Orchestra

ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

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