Opera in one act, 1905
Music Richard Strauss – Libretto after Hedwig Lachmann’s German translation of Oscar Wilde’s play
Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden – 2018-19 Season– New production
Premiere : February 16, 2019
« It is dangerous to look at people in such fashion… Something terrible may happen. » - Salome
Music direction, Patrick Lange
Staging, Scenic design, Costume design, Jean-Philippe Clarac & Olivier Deloeuil
Lighting and Collaboration for Scenic design, Christophe Pitoiset
Artistic collaboration, Lodie Kardouss
Video, Jean-Baptiste Beïs
Graphic design, Julien Roques
Dramaturgy, Luc Bourrousse, Regine Palmai
With : Sera Goesch, Gun-Brit Barkmin (Salome), Thomas de Vries, Thomas J. Mayer (Jochanaan), Frank van Aken, Thomas Blondelle (Herodes), Andrea Baker (Herodias), Simon Bode (Narraboth), Silvia Hauer (Page), Daniel Carison (1. Soldat), Doheon Kim (2. Soldat), Rouwen Huter (1. Jude), Erik Biegel (2. Jude), Christian Rathgeber (3. Jude), Ralf Rachbauer (4. Jude), Philipp Mayer (5. Jude), Young Doo Park (1. Nazarener), Daniel Carison (2. Nazarener), Nicolas Ries (Ein Capadocier), Maike Menningen (Ein Sklave)
Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden
A terrace in the middle of the desert. Under an omnipresent and inscrutable moon, looks and desire revolve — Narraboth and Herodes watch the princess, the princess stares at Jokanaan, and he turns aside: he only has eyes for his God. Around them everyone observes and is being observed.
The moon is a psychic screen upon which the characters project their fantasms and anxieties. These intersect and reverberate in a tight web of echos, images and analogies, inextricably entangling them: for all its openness, Herodes’ terrace is a false oasis, a deadly hall of mirrors from which the only exit is death.
Deprived of any way out but their moonlit dreams, Herodes and his entourage tear relentlessly at each other in an implacable choregraphy until the final catastrophe. Looks can kill.
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