SalomeSaturday, November 19, 2011 at 8 PM
Tuesday, November 22 at 7 PM
Friday, November 25 at 8 PM

This powerful opera is one of the great achievements of music theatre of the 20th century. More than 100 years after its debut, this biblical story of a princess gone mad still has the ability to shock.

MUSIC BY RICHARD STRAUSS
LIBRETTO BY HEDWIG LACHMAN
Based on Oscar Wilde's play of the same name

Sung in German with projected English translations.

PLEASE NOTE: This production contains scenes that some patrons may find disturbing. Parental guidance is advised as some material may not be suitable for children.

The Story

Herod is obsessed with Salome; Salome is obsessed with Jokanaan (John the Baptist); Jokanaan is obsessed with God. During Herod's birthday feast, Salome discovers Jokanaan imprisoned in a cistern. Intrigued, she demands that he be brought to her, but when Jokanaan learns who she is, he rails against her. She pledges that she will kiss him and he is returned to the cistern. Herod promises to give Salome whatever she wants if she performs the erotic Dance of the Seven Veils. She dances for him, but her price is more than Herod could ever imagine – John the Baptist's head on a silver platter.

The Music

Strauss' ravishingly beautiful score is full of rich, sonorous music and luscious melodies. Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils is considered to be the most sensual eight minutes of music in opera.

Salome Opening Night Dinner

Saturday, November 19, 5:30pm
Centennial Concert Hall
TICKETS: $100 per person
(Does not include the opera performance)

For more information or tickets:
Call 942-0489 or email
jcranmer@manitobaopera.mb.ca

 

OPERA MATTERS: SALOME

By Robert Vineberg, Manitoba Opera, Board of Trustees

Opera Matters explores the background to the operas produced by Manitoba Opera and what was happening in the world and in Winnipeg at the time of those operas.

The Bible provides us with the first account of Salome and the death of St. John the Baptist:

For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her.

For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife.

Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not:

For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and a holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.

And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee;

And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it to thee. (more...)

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