BBC Proms 2014: Salome


Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949)

BBC Proms 2014, Royal Albert Hall, London

Music drama in one act
Music and libretto by Richard Strauss based on the drama SALOME by Oscar Wilde, translated by Hedwig Lachmann
First performed on 9th December 1905, in Dresden

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conductor Donald Runnicles
Herodes Burkhard Ulrich
Herodias Doris Soffel
Salome Nina Stemme
Jochanaan Samuel Youn
Narraboth Thomas Blondelle
a bellboy Ronnita Miller
1st Jew Paul Kaufmann
2nd Jew Gideon Poppe
3rd Jew Jörg Schörner
4th Jew Clemens Bieber
5th Jew Andrew Harris
1st Nazarene Noel Bouley
2nd Nazarene Carlton Ford
1st soldier Marko Mimica
2nd soldier Tobias Kehrer
a Cappadocier Seth Carico
a slave Gideon Poppe
orchestra Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
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It was a British play that gave the German composer Richard Strauss his first international success in the opera genre. As such, SALOME , based on Oscar Wilde’s play of the same name, is not simply a key work on the German operatic landscape but also a testament to the close cultural relationship between Germany and the United Kingdom. Hence our particular interest in giving a performance of this work in London in 2014 to mark the sesquicentenary of Richard Strauss’ birth.

With a grand concert performance of SALOME by the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the Royal Albert Hall we aim to provide one of the highlights in a year of celebrations around the world to mark Strauss’ 150th anniversary. The event will also illustrate the ongoing cultural exchange between the two countries. Donald Runnicles, General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and a leading exponent of this cultural interaction, is not only an energetic ambassador of British music
in Germany but also one of the world’s most sought-after conductors of works from the German operatic repertoire.

With Nina Stemme in the role of Salome, audiences are assured an evening of great artistry. Stemme is one of today’s most in-demand singers of dramatic soprano parts.

Kindly supported by Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin e. V.