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Salome

This performance presents the great Leonie Rysanek in one of her most memorable roles—the teenage Judean princess Salome. Obsessed with the prophet Jochanaan, the Biblical John the Baptist (Norman Bailey), she skillfully manipulates her lecherous stepfather Herod (Ragnar Ulfung) until he has no choice but to have the holy man killed for spurning the princess’s advances. The legendary Astrid Varnay is Salome’s mother, Herodias. Highlights of the score include the Dance of the Seven Veils and Salome’s final monologue, one of the supreme dramatic achievements in all of opera.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Feb 12, 1977
Composer
Richard Strauss
Librettist
Hedwig Lachmann after Oscar Wilde
Run Time
1 HRS 36 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Erich Leinsdorf
Salome
Leonie Rysanek
Herodias
Astrid Varnay
Herod
Ragnar Ulfung
Narraboth
Kenneth Riegel
Jokanaan
Norman Bailey
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