Music drama in one act
Libretto: Richard Strauss after Oscar Wilde
World premiere: 9 December 1905, Semperoper, Dresden
Premiere of this production: 23 October, National Theatre, Prague
Premiere at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera: 22 March 2016
Co-production: National Theatre, Prague
In the original German with Polish surtitles.
22 March 2016 Tuesday 19:00 Moniuszko Auditorium
23 March 2016 Wednesday 19:00 Moniuszko Auditorium
24 March 2016 Thursday 19:00 Moniuszko Auditorium
Salome, alongside Elektra, is considered to be one of the most powerful of Richard Strauss’s works. This completely modern staging explores the hidden family relations between a stepfather (Herod), his stepdaughter (Salome) and her powerlusting mother (Herodias). This family drama is at the same time a tragedy of faith, despair, fear and helplessness, in which the title character plays her game with the prophet Jochanaan, the elusive object of her obsessive desire — or perhaps just a voice, a hallucination, a phantasm imposing a powerful metaphysical anxiety upon reality?
The game takes place also between Salome and Herod, her perverse stepfather, living in constant fear of death and that which is final. The heroine, through her desire to capture the elusive, makes an absurd request: she wants the head of the prophet on a silver platter. In the staging this biblical drama is played out simultaneously in a wealthy bourgeois world and in a space between reality and fantasy.
The modern fragmentary narrative — a trademark of Mariusz Treliński’s style — forms a series of subtle images and visions of a world only seemingly stable, over which hangs the threat visible in the first signs portending tragedy.
GALLERY (Photos Opera Narodowa)
Jacek Laszczkowski Herod
Veronika Hajnová Herodias
Erika Sunnegårdh Salome
Jacek Strauch Jochanaan
Pavlo Tolstoy Narraboth
Marta Motkowicz The Page of Herodias
Stefan Soltesz Conductor
- Mariusz Treliński Director
- Boris Kudlička Set designer
- Marek Adamski Costume designer
- Tomasz Wygoda Choreography
- Piotr Gruszczyński Literary consultant
- Orchestra of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera
Dancers and mimes