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Craig Irvin: First Nazarene
Adapted from Oscar Wilde’s play, the opera recounts the biblical story of Salome, who – to the horror of her stepfather Herod – demands the head of John the Baptist in return for performing the Dance of the Seven Veils.
At the opera’s premiere, the audience and critics were shocked by its subject matter and erotic theme. Salome‘s world of voyeurism and sexual abuse still elicits an equally visceral response today: ” …this Salome is marvelously wicked and wickedly marvelous, which has always been the point of the work – both Oscar Wilde’s play and Richard Strauss’s operatic adaptation.”