R. Strauss's Salome: An Introduction
In the final video of our season-long A Golden Age of Music series, Carnegie Hall's Director of Artistic Planning Jeremy Geffen introduces Richard Strauss's Salome.
Based on Oscar Wilde's scandalous play of the same name, Strauss composed Salome as "essentially a tone poem with voices." This complex work includes two murders, but rather than taking place graphically on stage, the brutal action is conveyed by the music.
The one-act opera is performed in a concert version at Carnegie Hall on May 24, by The Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, with soloists including soprano Nina Stemme as Salome and bass-baritone Eric Owens in the role of Jochanaan.