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.

Please note: Spoleto Festival USA’s production of Salome contains moments of explicit sexual content.

  • Herod Paul Groves
  • Herodias Edna Prochnik
  • Salome Melanie Henley Heyn
  • Jokanaan Erik Van Heyningen
  • Narraboth, Captain of the Guard Zach Borichevsky
  • The Page of Herodias Allegra De Vita
  • First Jew Allan Glassman
  • Second Jew Brian Frutiger
  • Third Jew Anthony Webb
  • Fourth Jew James Ley
  • Fifth Jew Eric Lindsey
  • First Nazarene/First Soldier Scott Conner
  • Second Nazarene/Slave Philip Cokorinos
  • Second Soldier Darren Stokes

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