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Salome

May 2019

SCHUSTER CENTER DIRECTIONS

   8:00 pm Friday, May 17, 2019 
   3:00 pm Sunday, May 19, 2019 

Pre-performance Talk Opera Preludes with Dr. Sam Dorf one hour before performances in the Mead Theatre 
Pre-performance Opera Bites in the Wintergarden 

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Special pricing available for seniors, military, educators, and students 

Music and Libretto by RICHARD STRAUSS 

KARA SHAY THOMSON soprano – Salome WEBSITE
NORMAN GARRETT* barirone – Jochanaan WEBSITE
JOHN EASTERLIN tenor – Herod WEBSITE
CATHERINE MARTIN mezzo-soprano – Herodias WEBSITE
BENJAMIN WERLEY* tenor – Naraboth WEBSITE

*Dayton Opera debut 

NEAL GITTLEMAN conductor WEBSITE
KATHLEEN CLAWSON stage director WEBSITE
DAYTON OPERA THOMAS BANKSTON artistic director WEBSITE
DAYTON PHILHARMONIC NEAL GITTLEMAN artistic director and conductor WEBSITE

IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES


A kiss is just a kiss, right? Not this one.

Adapted from a play by Oscar Wilde, Salome retells the biblical account of the death of John the Baptist, all because of the lust of a king, a salacious dance, and a promise to fulfill.

Although Richard Strauss was immediately captivated by Wilde’s play and determined to set it to music, audiences and even performers of the day were shocked by the plot. The first Salome, Marie Wittich, refused to perform her “Dance of the Seven Veils” at the 1905 debut and insisted on a dancer substitute.

Musicians were enthused about Strauss’ powerful music, lush sound, and superb orchestration, but censors did their best to keep Salome from the public in England and the U.S., where the work was withdrawn from Metropolitan Opera after just one performance in 1907. Since then, Salome has been widely hailed as a masterpiece whose controversy has only increased its fame.



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Dr. and Mrs. Edward Hughes/First Dayton CyberKnife Performance Sponsor 
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The Jesse and Caryl Philips Foundation – Orchestral Music Provider
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