SALOME

RICHARD STRAUSS (1864 — 1949)

DRAMMA IN ONE ACT, OP. 54
LIBRETTO BY RICHARD STRAUSS BASED ON SALOME BY OSCAR WILDE
FIRST PERFORMED ON 9 DECEMBER 1905 AT THE SEMPEROPER DRESDEN
Conductor
Ingo Metzmacher
Stage director
Andrea Breth
Stage designer
Raimund Orfeo Voigt
Costume designer
Alexandra Charles
Lighting designer
Alexander Koppelmann
Dramaturgy
Klaus Bertisch*
Choreography
Beate Vollack
Assistant to the conductor
Michael Zlabinger
Vocal Coaches
Frédéric Calendreau, Rupert Dussmann
Staging Assistants
Marcin Lakomicki, Robin Ormond
Stage Design Assistant
Leonie Wolf
Costume Assistante
Brigitte Massey-Sersour
Salome
Elsa Dreisig*
Jochanaan
Gábor Bretz
Herodes
John Daszak
Herodias
Angela Denoke
Narraboth
Joel Prieto
Ein Page der Herodias
Carolyn Sproule
Erster Jude
Léo Vermot-Desroches
Zweiter Jude
Kristofer Lundin
Dritter Jude
Rodolphe Briand
Vierter Jude
Grégoire Mour
Fünfter Jude / Zweiter Soldat
Sulkhan Jaiani
Erster Nazarener / Ein Kappadozier
Kristján Jóhannesson
Zweiter Nazarener
Philippe-Nicolas Martin
Erster Soldat
Allen Boxer*
Eine Sklavin
Katharina Bierweiler
Dancers
Jacqueline Lopez, Martina Consoli, Beatriz De Oliveira Scabora, Alessia Rizzi
Orchestra
Orchestre de Paris
*Former artist of the Académie

NEW PRODUCTION OF THE FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE

Your work is a meteor, the power and brilliancy of which commands the attention of everyone, even those who dislike it.

Romain Rolland, in a letter to Richard Strauss, dated 14 December 1907

In a twilight Palestine – shortly before the coming of the Messiah – Salome falls in love with the prophet Iokanaan who rejects her. Her stepfather Herod has eyes only for her, but she rejects him as well. Dual and morbid frustration: in exchange for a dance, the princess demands the head of the saint. Life and death urges, sexuality and religion intertwine and thus shape an inflammatory meteorite. Salome – an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play – is a high point of vocal incandescence that is carried by the most expressive and elaborate orchestration of modern times. This decadently orientalist and symbolist masterpiece was thereby first banned from public performance but was then programmed everywhere. Andrea Breth and Ingo Metzmacher – to whom the Festival owes the unforgettable Jakob Lenz in 2019 – tell together a story that goes from German Romanticism to the end of the contemporary world: an extraordinary love story above all and an exemplary quest for the absolute. Elsa Dreisig sings the title role for the first time and combines total engagement and youthful appeal.

Tuesday 5 July 2022
8:00pm
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Saturday 9 July 2022
8:00pm
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Tuesday 12 July 2022
8:00pm
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Saturday 16 July 2022
8:00pm
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Tuesday 19 July 2022
8:00pm
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Tickets: 31€, 59€, 90€, 130€, 165€, 206€, 297€
Youth ticket: 9€
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Performance available with ticket packages and Prestige offer

1 hour and 40 minutes without interval

Sung in German with French and English surtitles