Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Oct. 11, 2008)
Composer: Richard Strauss
Librettist: Hedwig Lachmann after Oscar Wilde
Summers; Mattila, Komlósi, Uusitalo, Begley, Kaiser
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 46 min.
It is no wonder that Met audiences have gone wild over Karita Mattila’s sizzling Salome. Indisputably one of the greatest Salomes of our time, Mattila utterly incarnates Oscar Wilde’s petulant, willful, and lust-driven heroine. With Strauss’s groundbreaking music magnifying the degenerate atmosphere and building the erotic tension, this is one opera that is as shocking today as it was at its premiere in 1905.