Originally censored in Vienna and banned in London, Richard Strauss’ Salome is now considered a classic. Based on the play by the one-and-only Oscar Wilde, it recreates the biblical story of King Herod, his daughter Salome and John the Baptist (Jochanaan). Salome offers one possible explanation for why exactly Salome wanted John the Baptists’ head on a silver platter. Patricia Racette delivers an unforgettable performance in her Pittsburgh Opera debut as the obsessive Salome, including her famous, seductive “Dance of the Seven Veils.” Witness why Strauss was called “the greatest genius of the age” in the jawdropping Salome.
Antony Walker conducts.