Tickets for Salome
Religion, sexuality and perversion are a potent combination in the gripping opera Salome. On stage the story has provoked scandal not least with Oscar Wilde’s play, upon which Strauss based his opera: violence, nudity and necrophilia are inevitable parts of its nature and appear in this production too. Physical and moral decay in a grand setting underlie this psychologically astute and boldly inventive interpretation by David McVicar. The art deco inspired designs are by Es Devlin, designer of the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremonies. This revival by The Royal Opera brings together a fabulous cast in which Angela Denoke returns in the demanding title role of the young woman obsessed by John the Baptist. It is his severed and bloodied head she kisses in a disturbing climax of lust and revenge. The opera is also a dazzling musical showpiece for the virtuoso Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under Andris Nelsons – the music is ravishing, hypnotic and even shocking in its visceral power. Even after a century, Strauss’s opera still has the power to shock as well as enthrall. This is live theatre with The Royal Opera at its most intense.