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For more than two decades, American soprano Patricia Racette has been an audience favorite, offering memorable performances as some of the most beloved heroines of the operatic repertoire. In this performance, she debuts a new role for the Met, baring all as the title princess of Richard Strauss’s shocking early masterpiece. It is a tour-de-force performance throughout, from her attempted seduction of the pious Jochanaan—sung with vigor by baritone Željko Lučić—to the catastrophic final scene. In his debut run with the company, conductor Joahannes Debus leads the Met Orchestra in one of opera’s most exhilarating scores, with a cast that also includes Gerhard Siegel as the leering Kind Herod and Nancy Fabiola Herrera as his manipulative wife, Herodias.

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Performance Info

Performance Date

Dec 17, 2016


Richard Strauss


Based on Hedwig Lachmann's translation of Oscar Wilde's drama, adapted by the composer

Run Time

1 HRS 43 MIN

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus