richard strauss salome



Dutch National Opera

Richard Strauss

Musical director: Daniele Gatti
Stage director: Ivo van Hove
Sets and lighting: Jan Versweyveld
Costumes: An D'Huys
Video: Tal Yarden
Choreography: Wim Vandekeybus
Dramaturgy: Jan Vandenhouwe
Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Richard Strauss’ 1905 opera Salome (“zahl-oh-may”) about Salome and John the Baptist was so graphically violent that it was banned at the Metropolitan Opera in New York for decades. It includes incest, nudity, murder, and a dramatic scene where Salome kisses the lips of John the Baptist’s severed head.