Salome - R. Strauss 12 October 2012 03 November 2012

This landmark production of Richard Strausss dramatic one-act opera also features the debut of Germany-based Australian Heldentenor John Pickering as Herod, who is joined by Jacqueline Dark as Herodias and John Wegner as Jokanaan.

Biblical characters and a highly eroticised depiction of young womanhood caused Salome to be banned in London. It outraged New Yorkers and, although championed in Vienna by Mahler, it was banned there until 1918. 

Cheryl Barker takes on one of the most musically and physically demanding roles in 20th-century opera when, spurned by Jokanaan (John the Baptist), Salome dances for her lustful stepfather Herod who offers her anything in return. She demands Jokanaan’s head; passionately kissing the dead man’s lips in a scene that still raises eyebrows today. 

Lifting the temperature even further with a shockingly visceral production that provokes with a thoughtful bold statement on the greed and moral degradation of society is the creative trio of director Gale Edwards and designers Brian Thomson and Julie Lynch (La bohème, 2011). 

This landmark production of Richard Strauss’s dramatic one-act opera also features the debut of Germany-based Australian Heldentenor John Pickering as Herod, who is joined by Jacqueline Dark as Herodias and John Wegner as Jokanaan. 

Performed in German with English surtitles. 

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