Salome

Schuster Center

8:00 pm Friday, May 17, 2019

3:00 pm Sunday, May 19, 2019

Music and Libretto by RICHARD STRAUSS

KARA SHAY THOMSON soprano – Salome
NORMAN GARRETT* baritone – Jochanaan
JOHN EASTERLIN tenor – Herod
CATHERINE MARTIN mezzo-soprano – Herodias
BENJAMIN WERLEY* tenor – Narraboth
MICHELLE LA JEUNESSE* mezzo-soprano – Page/Slave
JOHN MURTON* bass – Soldier
MICHAEL HYATT* bass – Soldier
ALEXANDER J. HARPER baritone – Cappadocian
JACOB RYAN WRIGHT tenor – Jew
BENJAMIN WERLEY* tenor – Jew
CARLOS CARDENAS* tenor – Jew
DANIEL STEIN tenor – Jew
MICHAEL COLMAN bass-baritone – Jew
ALEXANDER J. HARPER baritone – Nazarene
BRADLEY MATTINGLY baritone – Nazarene
NATHALY PRIETO – Dancer

*Dayton Opera debut

NEAL GITTLEMAN conductor
KATHLEEN CLAWSON stage director
DAYTON OPERA THOMAS BANKSTON artistic director
DAYTON PHILHARMONIC – NEAL GITTLEMAN artistic director and conductor
NATHALY PRIETO choreographer

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orchestration, but censors did their best to keep Salome from the public in England and the U.S., where the work was withdrawn from Metropolitan Opera after just one performance in 1907.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.

 

DP&L Foundation DPAA Innovation Partner—Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts
The Jesse and Caryl Philips Foundation Principal Sponsor, Orchestral Music Provider
Harry A. Toulmin, Jr., and Virginia B. Toulmin Fund of the Dayton Foundation Principle Sponsor
Lockwood Family Foundation
Leadership Sponsor
Emerson Climate Technologies Leadership Sponsor
Donald Hoffman, in support of the appearance of Catherine Martin and Norman Garrett Associate Sponsor
One Call Now DPAA Communications Partner
The Opera Guild of Dayton Surtitle Provider
Esther Price Candies Official Candy of Dayton Opera
Booz Allen Hamilton Military Appreciation Program