Sponsored By: The Brand Foundation of New York, Inc.

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Duration: Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes


Music by Richard Strauss
Conducted by Steven Sloane
Directed by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser

They say love has a bitter taste

Best known for the “Dance of the Seven Veils,” Salome is as riveting today as it was at its 1905 premiere. The libretto―dripping with opulent language from Oscar Wilde’s play by the same name―depicts the biblical story of Herod’s lovesick stepdaughter and John the Baptist’s ill fate. Tenor Paul Groves, who enraptured audiences with his Festival performances during the 2018 chamber music series, performs as Herod; and soprano Melanie Henley Heyn lends her “incandescent tone” (Dallas News) to one of the most demanding and provocative roles in opera. Globally acclaimed directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser (most recently in Charleston with their 2011 The Magic Flute) return with a contemporary staging of Salome’s realization that “the mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.”

Sung in German with English supertitles.

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Opera programming is endowed by the Arthur and Holly Magill Foundation.