Parlando: The COC Blog

4/30/2013

Salome: Tawdry, titillating and teutonic!

Posted by Danielle D'Ornellas / in 2012/2013 / comments (2) / permalink

Yuri (5/6/2013 3:16:00 PM)
Just watched Salome on Sunday. A barn instead of a palace, Herod in a wardrobe, soldiers dressed like "Stasi" with handguns instead of swords - nothing new, it's like every opera about ancient times in the COC now. A blowjob is definitely new but it is not what the COC should be proud of. And why would the soldiers rape Salome? It makes no sense at all. Or is it a hint that the opera Salome has been raped by the COC? In conclusion: another tasteless production which seems have become the COC's brand. I'm sorry for the composers, I'm sorry for the singers, I'm sorry for the audience. I have been a subscriber to the COC for the last seven years and have been struggling with myself every year hoping for the better. No luck. Regrettably, I renewed my subscription for the next season but it looks like the next season is going to be the last one for me.
(5/10/2013 11:20:00 PM)
I love the COC but was pretty upset by the blatant antisemitism...why was the decision made to have the "Jews" who are written as religious scholars rape Salome? Why did you go further and dress them up in a caricature of Nazi scientists? I left the opera with this bothering me. Why was this group chosen as the rapists, rather than unknown assailants, guards or a mix of the palace inhabitants?

Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001