Focus on Opera: Salome
February 4, 2013
Considered scandalous when it premiered a century ago with its provocative “Dance of the Seven Veils,” Richard Strauss’ adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play has not lost its ability to shock. Set in Biblical times, this erotically charged opera centers on a tangled triangle: the persecuted John the Baptist, a lecherous King Herod, and the monarch’s pathologically seductive stepdaughter, Salome. German soprano Nadja Michael gives a vocally and physically sensual reading of this amazing one act opera.