by Richard Strauss
Performed: - Louisville, KY, Mar 12 - Mar 14, 2004
Based on Oscar Wilde’s play, Salome the opera condenses and heightens the action around the misguided passion of a young girl for the prophet Jochanaan to a mad rush of music and drama. Such a rich piece, so many unhappy people… and then of course there’s the dance of the seven veils, and a head on a platter.
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“Hilbe´s treatment suggests the creeping weirdness of this singular opera and, if occasonally she verges on odd psychological relationship-building, her natural way with the piece generally makes sense in larger theatrical terms. Patrons may not be used to seeing Salome and Jokanaan literally wrestle each other as she seeks to taste him, yet as initially off-putting as the scene is, it fits into what Hilbe regards as the work´s essential ego-driven conflict.”