Canada's celebrated director Atom Egoyan returns with his searingproduction of Richard Strauss's Salome.
Excerpt from Salome, Deutsche Grammophon 431 8102.Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Giuseppe Sinopoli,conductor. Cheryl Studer, Horst Hiestermann, Leonie Rysanek,Bryn Terfel, Clemens Bieber, Marianne Rørholm.
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Adapted from Oscar Wilde’s play, the opera
recounts the biblical story of Salome, who –
to the horror of her stepfather Herod –
demands the head of John the Baptist in
return for performing the Dance of the
At the opera’s premiere, the audience
and critics were shocked by its subject
matter and erotic theme. Salome’s world of
voyeurism and sexual abuse still elicits an
equally visceral response today: “...the Canadian Opera Company’s Salome is the sort of production that will thrill some viewers, amuse others, and enrage a few – and that’s pretty much as it should be." (The Globe and Mail)
On stage at the Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.
Performance time is approximately one hour, 40 minutes with no intermission.
Sung in German with English SURTITLES™.
Conductor: Johannes Debus / Derek Bate
Director: Atom Egoyan
Choreographer: Serge Bennathan
Set Designer: Derek McLane
Salome: Erika Sunnegårdh
Jochanaan: Martin Gantner / Alan Held
Herod: Richard Margison
Herodias: Hanna Schwarz
Co-production with Houston Grand Opera and Vancouver Opera
Erika Sunnegårdh as Salome in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Salome, 2013. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2013
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Salome, 2013. Photo: Chris Hutcheson © 2013