by Richard Strauss

Considered scandalous when it premiered a century ago with its provocative "Dance of the Seven Veils," Richard Strauss' adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play has not lost its ability to shock. Set in Biblical times, this erotically charged opera centers on a tangled triangle: the persecuted John the Baptist, a lecherous King Herod and the monarch's pathologically seductive stepdaughter, Salome.


German soprano Nadja Michael is "mesmerizing throughout" in the title role (The New York Times), opposite bass-baritone Greer Grimsley “as a thunderous and dramatically compelling Jokanaan, [and] tenor Kim Begley is a magnificent Herod, singing with precision and tonal brilliance" (San Francisco Chronicle). Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducted "with flair and muscle. The orchestral playing was powerful and richly colored" (San Francisco Chronicle). Co-directed by Seán Curran and James Robinson.

“All the zesty blood lust of a good vampire movie…bravely and marvelously macabre!” –The New York Times

“Dancing Salome sets stage afire [in] this fluid and wonderfully kinetic production!” –San Francisco Chronicle


“Stunning…Brilliant!” –San Francisco Examiner


"The Demented and the Divine...A Must-See!" San Francisco Classical Voice

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