With a hair-raising plot adapted from Oscar Wilde’s scandalous play and explosive music crafted by the king of orchestral storytelling, Richard Strauss, Salome condenses all the thrills of grand opera into 90 minutes of edge-of-your-seat intensity.
Pre-concert Talk presented one hour prior to each performance. Free with ticket purchase.
1 hour, 40 minutes
1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance
S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall
Music Director of the Seattle Symphony, Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard is esteemed for his creativity and innovative programming, the excitement of his live performances and his extensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings. A renowned recording artist with over 70 discs to his name, Dausgaard’s releases with the Seattle Symphony have garnered critical acclaim resulting in international honors including Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year Award and a Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance.
German-born Gun-Brit Barkmin is considered one of today’s most exciting interpreters of Richard Strauss, in demand for Salome, Chrysothemis (Elektra) and Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos) around the globe, including at Wiener Staatsoper, Carnegie Hall, Opernhaus Zürich and at London’s BBC Proms.
The Boston Globe hails Michaela Martens for her "dense, color-saturated voice" and declares: "She is a passionate and sympathetic vocal actress." Ms. Martens is fast becoming known for her portrayals of some of the most difficult dramatic mezzo-soprano roles in the repertoire, beginning with a triumphant last-minute debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as die Amme in Die Frau ohne Schatten, a role she repeated for the Oper Graz in a new production by the critically acclaimed director Marco Marelli.
Peter Bronder studied at the Royal Academy of Music and National Opera Studio, before taking his first engagements at Glyndebourne and Welsh National Opera, where he was engaged as principal tenor in mainly Italian lyric repertoire. He has since moved into the more dramatic, predominantly German repertoire. He has made numerous appearances in the UK at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, Opera North and Scottish Opera.
Peter Bronder's performances are supported in part by the Melvyn Poll Tenor Fund. Salome is generously sponsored by the Nesholm Family Foundation. Thomas Dausgaard’s performance sponsored by the Scan|Design Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun.