R. Strauss Salome

The Seattle Symphony has canceled the March 19 and 21 performances of R. Strauss Salome in order to prioritize the health and safety of our audiences, musicians and staff while health officials manage the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.

To offer increased flexibility, all ticket exchanges are free for performances through May 31, 2020. Learn more about your ticket options and check the status of upcoming performances.

"Daring, provocative — Salome stands as one of the most original works of the 20th century." – Thomas Dausgaard

Combining breathless virtuosity with the high emotion and drama, Music Director Thomas Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony bring music from Richard Strauss’ sensational opera to Benaroya Hall. With a hair-raising plot adapted from Oscar Wilde’s scandalous play, Salome Part II condenses all the thrills of grand opera into one act of edge-of-your-seat intensity.

Masterworks Series

Dates and Tickets

  • 19 Mar (Thu) 2020 7:30PM
  • 21 Mar (Sat) 2020 8:00PM

Pre-concert Talk

Pre-concert Talk presented one hour prior to each performance. Free with ticket purchase.

Running time

1 hour, 40 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Thomas Dausgaard


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.

Gun-Brit Barkmin


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.

Michaela Martens


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


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.

Seattle Symphony

Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label.


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.

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