April 28, 2000 |
If you were offended by the poster - well, the opera itself probably won't make you blush after all. At least, not this particular production of Salome. The Opera Company of Philadelphia's take on Strauss' first astonishing leap in stylistic individuality opened Wednesday night at the Academy of Music. The now-altered Rafal Olbinski poster was hung on the Locust Street side of the hall - its figure of poor Salome still enduring the humiliation of having had red-chiffon veils stapled over her nipples and crotch.
March 13, 1995 |
Suicide, murder, sexual obsession, drunkenness and abuse. How does that strike you as a lesson plan for school children? Students in private and parochial schools in the Philadelphia area have been studying the lessons to be learned from Richard Strauss' opera, "Salome," which is currently being presented by the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Salome - the title character - is one nasty piece of work. She persuades poor Narraboth, who is in love with her, to ignore his duty - but is totally indifferent when he commits suicide.
May 11, 2014 |
When it's all that it can be, the 100-minute musical volcano known as Richard Strauss' Salome goes to a place of barely contained frenzy in its story of a princess who desires John the Baptist right down to his severed head. The Philadelphia Orchestra's season-ending, mostly staged version Thursday went a step beyond, often seeming without restraint. That usual space between the music and its listener often vanished - as with Herbert von Karajan's live performances and, more recently, those of Gustavo Dudamel and Yannick Nézet-Séguin on good days.
March 17, 2004 |
Two new hits in two weeks. How often has that happened at the Metropolitan Opera? Never, in my memory. The March 1 opening night of Don Giovanni was greeted with well-earned shouts of approval for Marthe Keller's intelligent production. And on Monday, a wall of happy noise greeted soprano Karita Mattila in a new production of Salome. She isn't the only thing to cheer about in a smart, modern-dress production that, like the new Giovanni, may not wear well over time. But right now, it's just dandy.
March 26, 2013 |
Next season's previously announced performance of Salome , Richard Strauss' erotically charged biblical opera based on Oscar Wilde's play, will be a coproduction of Opera Philadelphia and Philadelphia Orchestra, the two groups announced Monday. It is the first in a series of anticipated collaborations between the organizations, though leaders could not say exactly where the sharing of resources might lead. "This one's all about getting something started," said Opera Philadelphia general director David B. Devan.
March 27, 2013 |
IN A HISTORIC and pioneering move, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia will combine forces for the first time. Their vehicle is Richard Strauss' searing "Salome," which requires four major voices to soar over the massive orchestral scoring. "Salome" had been announced as next season's Orchestra closer, but this coproduction with Opera Philadelphia heightens the interest for the audiences of both organizations, and promises to be the first of other diverse collaborations in the future.
March 26, 2013 |
Next season's previously announced performance of Salome , Richard Strauss' erotically charged biblical opera after Oscar Wilde's play, will be a co-production of Opera Philadelphia and Philadelphia Orchestra, the two groups announced Monday. It is the first in a series of anticipated collaborations between the organizations, though leaders could not say exactly where the sharing of resources might lead. "This one's all about getting something started," said Opera Philadelphia general director David B. Devan.
March 5, 1995 |
Cynthia Makris has sung the title role of Salome in bib overalls, in a wedding gown, and in a peep-show window. But tomorrow night, when the curtain opens for the Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of the Richard Strauss opera, she'll be playing this title character straight. As straight as you can play a teenage virgin who lusts after a holy man - even after she's gotten him beheaded. Makris has sung so many versions at so many performances of the biblical character, originally turned into a femme fatale by playwright Oscar Wilde, that she's not about to tell you just how many.
December 21, 1994 |
Technical problems created by the Academy of Music's dual use as concert hall and opera house have stymied the Opera Company of Philadelphia's previously announced production of Salome, March 6-16. The Richard Strauss opera will be presented at the Academy at that time, but not in the staging conceived for German director Dieter Dorn. The opera, which already has played in Strasbourg, France, and Lisbon, Portugal, was intended as a three-way co-production with Strasbourg Opera, the Opera du Rhin and the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
February 22, 1994 |
For the first time in its 19-year history, the Opera Company of Philadelphia will offer a program of all new productions for its 1994-1995 season. One of Europe's hottest singers, American Cynthia Makris, will make her American debut in the Philadelphia premiere of Richard Strauss' lurid "Salome. " Makris has achieved stardom in this role throughout Europe. Three repertory standards fill out the company's Academy of Music season: Verdi's "Il Trovatore," bringing the rousing Anvil Chorus back to the Academy stage after 13 seasons, opens the new season Oct. 21-30; Mozart's "Don Giovanni" follows Nov. 12-20; "Salome," March 6-16, 1995; and Gounod's "Faust," April 24-May 4. Each opera will be presented four times.