Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Mar. 13, 1965)
Composer: Richard Strauss
Librettist: Hedwig Lachmann after Oscar Wilde
Böhm; Nilsson, Dalis, Liebl, Shirley, Cassel
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 30 min.
The great Birgit Nilsson gives a spectacular performance as Strauss’s biblical princess. Walter Cassel is the imprisoned prophet Jochanaan, the object of Salome’s desire. When he rejects her advances, Salome has no hesitation in exacting her murderous revenge. The infamous final scene, in which she kisses Jochanaan’s severed head, is one of the most searing endings in all of opera—and one of Nilsson’s legendary performances. Karl Böhm, a protégée and collaborator of Strauss, leads a authoritative, colorful, and impassioned rendition of the score, in a performance that also stars Karl Liebl as Herod, Irene Dalis as Herodias, and George Shirley as Narraboth.