- 5 Jun 2018 10:49 AM
When Richard Strauss chose as his subject Oscar Wilde’s “scandalous” Salome, his contemporary audience was shocked that he would dare to present them with the spectacle of John the Baptist and Salome’s erotic, bloody encounter.
Nevertheless, at its world premiere in Dresden in 1905, the work proved to be a huge success. Gustav Mahler immediately named it “one of the most important works of our time” at the beginning of the 20th century.
Sera Goesch will undertake the title role of Salome, considered one of the greatest singing and acting challenges, for the first time in her career. This performance also marks the reappearance of renowned mezzo-soprano Ildikó Komlósi, who played Azucena in last year’s highly successful premiere of Il trovatore, in the role of Herodias. The Hungarian State Opera House Orchestra will be conducted by Balázs Kocsár.
Date and time: Friday & Sunday; 22 & 24 June 2018, 9 pm
Margaret Island Open-Air Theatre
1138 Budapest, Zielinski Szilárd sétány
Tickets and more info: Budapest Summer Festival