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Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949)
Sun 28.01.2018 - 18:00 h
C-Prices: € 95,– / 76,– / 53,– / 29,–

Dear Patrons, following the major water damage sustained on 24th December on the stage of the Deutsche Oper Berlin this performance will go ahead in modified form – with full costume and make-up but with altered set design and limited lighting. Patrons who would prefer not to attend an event of this kind will be reimbursed for the cost of their tickets. You will be notified as soon as we know when normal performances are to resume. Please note the following procedure for obtaining a reimbursement: You can choose to switch your attendance to another date, receive a voucher or be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket. Please note that we can only process requests for reimbursements etc if they are made before the start of the performance for which tickets have been bought. For reimbursements, please fill out this Repayment Form and return it along with your tickets to the Deutsche Oper Berlin – Kartenservice, Richard-Wagner-Straße 10, 10585 Berlin. You can also send the form and a scan of your tickets to info@deutscheoperberlin.de. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact our ticket and customer-service office +49 (0)30-343 84 343. Subscription: S, D

Informationen zum Werk

A music drama in one act
Music and libretto by Richard Strauss
after the play SALOME by Oscar Wilde
Translation by Hedwig Lachmann
World premiere 9th December 1905 in Dresden
Premiere at the Deutsche Oper Berlin: 24th January 2016

In German language with German and English surtitels

1 hrs 45 mins / no interval

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance



Evan Rogister

Stage Director

Claus Guth

Set Design, Costume Design

Muriel Gerstner


Olaf Freese


Sommer Ulrickson


Samuel Youn


Attilio Glaser

A bellboy

Annika Schlicht

1st Jew

James Kryshak

2nd Jew

Gideon Poppe

5th Jew

Stephen Bronk

1st Nazarene

Derek Welton

2nd Nazarene

Philipp Jekal

1st soldier

Andrew Harris

2nd soldier

Tobias Kehrer

A Cappadocier

Philipp Jekal

A slave

Gideon Poppe

The Concert Programme

Long after the Paris world premiere in 1896 Oscar Wilde’s tragedy “Salomé” remained a thorn in the flesh of the establishment across Europe. In Wilhelminian Germany and the Danube Monarchy, too, official art adjudicators considered the subject “repulsive” and the text “an insult to morality”. In the minds of the guardians of public morals the New Testament story of Herod’s daughter was as ill-suited to the stage as it was to pictorial representation, which was experiencing a boom at the time. Salomé’s stepfather, Herod, the Roman’s client king of Judea, Galilee and Samaria who is said to have ordered the massacre of the innocents around Bethlehem, persuades her to dance for him. Encouraged by her mother, she demands to be given the head of John the Baptist as a reward.

Official disapproval meant that the performance of Wilde’s play that Richard Strauss saw in 1902 in Max Reinhardt’s “Kleines Theater” in Berlin was a private function. The composer, who was already in possession of the beginnings of an opera libretto in verse form, resolved to use Hedwig Lachmann’s prose text as the basis for his composition. His SALOME was one of the first literaturopern of the 20th century and reflected a number of operatic preferences of the time such as the predilection for one-act works and for exotic, oriental subjects. A literaturoper is an opera whose lyrics are lifted directly, albeit sometimes in shortened and rearranged form, from a pre-existing play.

Claus Goth, an internationally feted director since his MARRIAGE OF FIGARO in Salzburg in 2006, is taking on his first production at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. His SALOME focuses on the interior motivations of the characters and explores the power dynamic within the house of Herod. Will Salomé manage to break free from her hellish domestic situation?

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