Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Jan. 5, 1974)
Composer: Richard Strauss
Librettist: Hedwig Lachmann after Oscar Wilde
Levine; Bumbry, Resnik, Ulfung, Lewis, Shadur
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 33 min.
Richard Strauss’s dramatic and colorful score, based on Wilde’s scandalous play, is brought to life masterfully by James Levine and the Met Orchestra. The magnetic Grace Bumbry captures every neurotic nuance of the title character, the teenage princess who becomes obsessed with the imprisoned prophet Jochanaan. When he rejects her advances, tragedy ensues. Salome’s infamous final scene is among the most powerful moments in all of opera. Ragnar Ulfung and Regina Resnik portray the royal couple of Herodes and Herodias.