Richard Strauss


Dec 5 - Dec 28

Richard Strauss’s revolutionary score and scandalous Oscar Wilde–inspired drama took the world by storm at its premiere and continues to wow audiences today. Patricia Racette takes on the tour-de-force title role, part innocent and part sexual predator, for the first time at the Met. Željko Lučić is her prophetic nemesis Jochanaan, John the Baptist. Gerhard Siegel is Herod, and Johannes Debus conducts.

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  • Sung In
  • German
  • Met Titles In
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Estimated Run Time
  • 1 hrs 38 mins
  • House Opens
  • Salome 98 mins
  • Opera Ends
Dec 5 - Dec 28

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Premiere: Dresden Court Opera, 1905. The story of this incendiary and powerful opera is derived from a brief biblical account: a young princess of Judea dances for her stepfather Herod and chooses as her reward the head of the prophet John the Baptist. This subject captured the imaginations of generations of visual artists, but its full possibilities were perhaps best realized in Oscar Wilde’s 1891 tragedy (which was banned from performance in several countries). Strauss’s score combines the grandeur of Wagner’s epics with the focus and emotional punch of the short Italian verismo operas.


Richard Strauss (1864–1949) composed an impressive body of orchestral works and songs before turning to the stage. After two early failures, Salome caused a sensation and launched the second part of his long and productive career. Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), the Irish novelist, poet, and playwright, was one of the defining characters of the Victorian era. Strauss used a German translation of Wilde’s play by author and poet Hedwig Lachmann (1865–1918).

Production Jürgen Flimm

Set & Costume Designer Santo Loquasto

Lighting Designer James F. Ingalls

Choreographer Doug Varone

Richard Strauss


Richard Strauss


The action takes place outside the palace of King Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee, in the early first century AD. The present production places the scene in a non-specific contemporary setting.