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Warning: Contains nudity.
Indisputably one of the greatest Salomes of our time, Karita Mattila reprises her stunning interpretation including her unforgettable "Dance of the Seven Veils". With Strauss’s groundbreaking music magnifying the degenerate atmosphere and building the erotic tension, this is one opera that is as shocking today as it was at its premiere in 1905. Patrick Summers conducts the Metropolitan Opera and Chorus.
"Her singing eerily combines cool Nordic colorings with raw emotional intensity. She shatteringly inhabits the character of the biblical princess, who, as Ms. Mattila plays her, is less a narcissist than a twitching, petulant and dangerous young woman fascinated by
the effect her beauty has on people." – The New York Times
"Based on Oscar Wilde’s notorious play about the wild-child royal who danced for Herod in return for the beheading of John the Baptist, Salome (1905) is the work that put its German composer on the operatic map. Strauss’ daring harmonic innovations, psychologically complex characters and shimmering orchestration set the tone for the stage masterworks to follow, including Elektra (1909), Der Rosenkavalier (1911), Die Frau Ohne Schatten (1919), and, to a degree, even his autumnal Capriccio (1942). Joining Mattila are fellow Finn, bass-baritone Juha Uusitalo, in the role of Jochanaan (John the Baptist), Hungarian mezzo-soprano Ildikó Komlósi as Salome’s treacherous mother, Herodias, and British tenor Kim Bagley as Herod, Salome’s step-father." – PBS.org
Works on This Recording
Salome, Op. 54 by Richard Strauss
Karita Mattila (Soprano),
Ildiko Komlósi (Mezzo Soprano),
Juha Uusitalo (Baritone),
Kim Begley (Tenor)
Metropolitan Opera Chorus,
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Written: 1903-1905; Germany
Date of Recording: October 11, 2008
Venue: Metropolitan Opera, New York
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Richard Strauss' body must be spinning in his gra February 9, 2012
By BURTON A JONES, JR. (Manvel, TX) See All My Reviews
"This is the worst misguided performance of this opera I have ever seen. I have 7 DVD performances in my library and this is the worst. It takes place in what I assume is intended to be a penthouse, with the prison cage in the middle of the floor and the characters dressed in cocktail dresses and tuxedos. The whole show is a travesty. In my opinion, the best performances on DVD are by Maria Ewing and Catherine Malfitano and Teresa Stratus. Don't waste your time and money on this one."