State Theatre, The Arts Centre Melbourne 2012, Saturday 1 December, Tuesday 4 December, Friday 7 December, Monday 10 December, Thursday 13 December, Saturday 15 December. All nights start at 7.30 pm.
Richard Strauss’s Salome caused a sensation when it premiered in Europe in 1905. It has been shocking and enthralling audiences ever since. Now Gale Edwards, who thrilled audiences with her edgy and brilliant La Bohème in 2011, directs a new production of Richard Strauss’s explosive one-act opera, with sets by Brian Thomson and Johannes Fritzsch conducting.
Cheryl Barker, one of the world’s leading interpreters of the great Strauss heroines, will play Salome, recreating a role she first sang to great acclaim at London’s English National Opera. With her is the magnificent Peter Coleman-Wright as Jokanaan and a grand ensemble cast to people the court of Herod.
Performed in German with English surtitles. Running time: Approximately one hour and forty minutes-no interval.