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Salome - Opera at the Sydney Opera House

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1 hr 40 mins

Relish an amazing palette of exotic sounds at the Sydney Opera House as you watch this powerful and seductive performance by the immensely talented Lise Lindstrom. Salome’s Dance of the Seven Veils is portrayed to perfection by the excellent cast and creative team!

Why Watch Salome

The piece is famous for its intelligent use of ‘leitmotifs’. These are short melodic phrases that are incorporated into the act at multiple instances in an attempt to musically describe characters, much like a personal theme for each of them. Jokanaan’s theme accentuates his virtues and nobility while Herod's theme reeks of depravity and debauchery. Directed by the highly experienced award-winning director from The National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Adelaide - Gale Edwards. Originally composed by Richard Strauss in the late 19th century, Salome is a sensuous and colorful reenactment of Oscar Wilde’s take on the Biblical story.

The Story

The Princess of Judaea, Salome, is not new to being desired incestuously by her own stepfather King Herod. One night, King Herod and his wife, Queen Herodias, are holding a drunken banquet for guests from various lands. Salome, tired of Herod’s prying eyes, slips away to the terrace alone. There, she meets a captured Syrian Prince who is entranced by her beauty. Yet, she pays no heed to him, for she is smitten by a mysterious and sweet voice emerging from the prisons - the voice of Jokanaan (popularly known as John the Baptist). Salome falls in love with Jokanaan after demanding to see the man in his cell. The noble Jokanaan rejects her advances. Salome declares that she will kiss him no matter the obstacles. Herod and his entourage burst into the scene in search of the king’s daughter. Breaking all boundaries of decency, King Herod asks Salome to dance for him in exchange for anything that he can grant her. Thus begins the famous Dance of the Seven Veils, a seductive and wild display that has always been the highlight of every performance of this fabulous piece.

Good for

Fans of Oscar Wilde | Opera Enthusiasts | Fans of Richard Strauss

Critics Reviews

“Strauss's daring and dastardly opera makes its return to the Opera House! It's bloody, it's nasty and it's... a little bit sexy?”
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Show Details

Show Timings

6th-26th March 7:30 PM

1 hour, 40 minutes including one intermission

Leading Roles
Lise Lindstrom as Salome
Jacqueline Dark as Herodias
Andreas Conrad as Herod
Paul O’Neill as Narraboth

Gale Edwards

Johannes Fritzsch

Additional Information

Suitable for ages 15 and up.

Available Facilities
In-house bar
Wheelchair accessible

The Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House has a seating capacity of 1,507.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

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Moderate Cancellation Policy

You may cancel up to 48 hours in advance for groups lesser than 8.

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My Tickets

You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly. Your tickets will be available at the Box Office of the Sydney Opera House about one hour before the performance. You will need to display a photo ID to collect your tickets.

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