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Salome

Richard Strauss

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FEBRUARY 3, 5, 9, 11, 17, 19, AND 24, 2023


Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance time is approximately one hour and 40 minutes, with no intermission


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A dance—perhaps the most famous one in history—precedes a macabre kiss and an execution in this opera by Richard Strauss. An explosive, modernist score propels the action, redefining musical storytelling.

Directed by Academy Award-nominated Atom Egoyan, this production stars Ensemble Studio graduate Ambur Braid—acclaimed for her recent tour de force performance in the title role at Frankfurt Opera—as Salome, alongside Karita Mattila and Michael Schade.


Credits
Sung in German with English SURTITLESTM



CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS


Conductor: Johannes Debus
Director: Atom Egoyan
Set Designer: Derek McLane
Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber
Original Lighting Designer: Michael Whitfield
Projections Designer: Phillip Barker
Choreographer: Serge Bennathan

Salome: Ambur Braid
Herod: Michael Schade
Herodias: Karita Mattila
Narraboth: Frédéric Antoun
The Page: Carolyn Sproule


With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

A Canadian Opera Company production

The Story

FULL SYNOPSIS


Salome, princess of Judea, lives in the palace of her mother, Herodias, and stepfather, Herod. Imprisoned in a well beneath the palace is the prophet Jochanaan (John the Baptist). Salome leaves Herod’s dining hall, troubled by the way her stepfather looks at her. Hearing Jochanaan’s voice, she becomes enthralled by it. Salome seductively convinces Narraboth, the captain of the guard who is secretly in love with Salome, to bring Jochanaan up from the cistern. Jochanaan is contemptuous of Herodias and Salome, her obsession growing, praises his beauty, begging him to let her kiss his mouth. Jochanaan ignores Salome’s advances, refusing even to look at her, warning her she is damned. Meanwhile Narraboth, overcome with jealousy, kills himself.

Herod and his entourage appear in search of Salome, and discover Narraboth’s body. Although suffering hallucinations from the burden of his conscience, Herod flirts with Salome, offering her lavish gifts, which she refuses. Herodias reprimands her husband for staring lasciviously at her daughter, and they argue. Jochanaan’s voice is heard from the cistern, proclaiming the coming of the judgement day. A group of Jewish scholars resident in the palace disagree over the rumour that John the Baptist has seen God. Herod and a pair of Nazarenes jump into the argument, and the voice of Jochanaan is heard condemning Herodias. Herodias demands silence and Herod asks Salome to dance. Initially refusing, Salome agrees once Herod has promised that she may name her reward.

When her dance is finished, Salome requests her reward: Jochanaan’s head. Herod is horrified and tries to change Salome’s mind with offers of magnificent gifts, which she refuse. Since Herod has sworn an oath, Jochanaan is beheaded and his head brought to Salome.

Salome sings to the head as if it were alive. She asks Jochanaan why he still refuses to look at her, and chastises him for having cursed her. If only he had looked at her, she is sure he would have loved her. The moon emerges from behind a cloud, illuminating Salome engaged in a passionate kiss with the head of Jochanaan. Herod cries out an order to “kill that woman,” and Salome is put to death.

  • Sung in German with English SURTITLESTM


    CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS


    Conductor: Johannes Debus
    Director: Atom Egoyan
    Set Designer: Derek McLane
    Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber
    Original Lighting Designer: Michael Whitfield
    Projections Designer: Phillip Barker
    Choreographer: Serge Bennathan

    Salome: Ambur Braid
    Herod: Michael Schade
    Herodias: Karita Mattila
    Narraboth: Frédéric Antoun
    The Page: Carolyn Sproule


    With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

    A Canadian Opera Company production

  • FULL SYNOPSIS


    Salome, princess of Judea, lives in the palace of her mother, Herodias, and stepfather, Herod. Imprisoned in a well beneath the palace is the prophet Jochanaan (John the Baptist). Salome leaves Herod’s dining hall, troubled by the way her stepfather looks at her. Hearing Jochanaan’s voice, she becomes enthralled by it. Salome seductively convinces Narraboth, the captain of the guard who is secretly in love with Salome, to bring Jochanaan up from the cistern. Jochanaan is contemptuous of Herodias and Salome, her obsession growing, praises his beauty, begging him to let her kiss his mouth. Jochanaan ignores Salome’s advances, refusing even to look at her, warning her she is damned. Meanwhile Narraboth, overcome with jealousy, kills himself.

    Herod and his entourage appear in search of Salome, and discover Narraboth’s body. Although suffering hallucinations from the burden of his conscience, Herod flirts with Salome, offering her lavish gifts, which she refuses. Herodias reprimands her husband for staring lasciviously at her daughter, and they argue. Jochanaan’s voice is heard from the cistern, proclaiming the coming of the judgement day. A group of Jewish scholars resident in the palace disagree over the rumour that John the Baptist has seen God. Herod and a pair of Nazarenes jump into the argument, and the voice of Jochanaan is heard condemning Herodias. Herodias demands silence and Herod asks Salome to dance. Initially refusing, Salome agrees once Herod has promised that she may name her reward.

    When her dance is finished, Salome requests her reward: Jochanaan’s head. Herod is horrified and tries to change Salome’s mind with offers of magnificent gifts, which she refuse. Since Herod has sworn an oath, Jochanaan is beheaded and his head brought to Salome.

    Salome sings to the head as if it were alive. She asks Jochanaan why he still refuses to look at her, and chastises him for having cursed her. If only he had looked at her, she is sure he would have loved her. The moon emerges from behind a cloud, illuminating Salome engaged in a passionate kiss with the head of Jochanaan. Herod cries out an order to “kill that woman,” and Salome is put to death.


2022 season creative: BT/A

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts capacity: 2,070
Ticket prices do not include service fees, $9 CAD

Salome

Richard Strauss
To

FEBRUARY 3, 5, 9, 11, 17, 19, AND 24, 2023


Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance time is approximately one hour and 40 minutes, with no intermission


Subscribe now and save as part of a 2022/23 Subscription!

A dance—perhaps the most famous one in history—precedes a macabre kiss and an execution in this opera by Richard Strauss. An explosive, modernist score propels the action, redefining musical storytelling.

Directed by Academy Award-nominated Atom Egoyan, this production stars Ensemble Studio graduate Ambur Braid—acclaimed for her recent tour de force performance in the title role at Frankfurt Opera—as Salome, alongside Karita Mattila and Michael Schade.

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