Salome – OPERA San Antonio Celebrates Strauss

I’m starting the New Year with two of my favorites… a date with my husband at a cultural performance and a giveaway for you.  This month our date will be at OPERA San Antonio’s inaugural production of Richard Strauss’ Salome in the Tobin Center’s H-E-B Performance Hall and you can win two tickets to the show.  Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter.

Since time without our girls is usually not something we schedule this year I’m making an effort to start dating my husband again and I must say I’m really looking forward to this first date.

This week, the San Antonio Symphony along with numerous festival partners begins its fifth annual city-wide winter festival, focusing on the late-Romantic German composer Richard Strauss.

Opening in January, the Festival features a wealth of music by Strauss, including a collaboration with OPERA San Antonio for an undertaking of his epic opera Salome. The one-act production is the first-of-its kind in San Antonio.  Click here to buy tickets for either show.

OPERA San Antonio’s inaugural production of Richard Strauss’ Salome at the Tobin Center

Originally conducted by Strauss, it was one of his most controversial productions. In fact, the production, which is based on the play by Oscar Wilde was banned in several opera houses when it was first introduced in 1905.

The story centers around Salome, the nubile princess who lusts for the imprisoned John the Baptist. Her stepfather, King Herod, lusts for her. He asks her to dance (as in the Dance of the Seven Veils) in exchange for anything she wants. Her price: the prophet’s head!  Described by many as powerful, intense, and salacious — this hair-raising retelling of the biblical tale shocks and thrills audiences.

The celebrated American diva, Patricia Racette, who has been a regular presence in major opera houses internationally, will sing the vocally and physically taxing role for the first time in a staged presentation. Allan Glassman is Herod, who is consumed by lust for his step-daughter, Salome. Michelle deYoung is Herodias, Herod’s vengeful wife. Jochanaan, the object of Salome’s passion, will be sung by Alan Held, and Narraboth, who loves Salome, is Brian Jagde. Voices: Patricia Racette, soprano / Alan Held, bass-baritone / Allan Glassman, tenor / Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano

Patricia Racette - photo by Karen Almond
Patricia Racette as Salome in OPERA San Antonio’s inaugural production of Richard Strauss’ Salome in the Tobin Center’s H-E-B Performance Hall. Photo by Karen Almond

Sung in German with projected English translations


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