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.
The Festival d’Aix is renowned for its operatic productions, and especially for the many operas that have premiered there. But since its foundation, the Festival has also been a centre for [...]
For the first production of Salome at Aix, the soprano Elsa Dreisig will be taking on the challenge of playing the title role. Combining a voice among the most exceptional of her [...]
ANDREA BRETH is staging Richard Strauss’s Salome ; RAPHAËL PICHON will be conducting Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Idomeneo ; TOBIAS KRATZER is staging Gioacchino Rossini’s Moses [...]
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