By Grace Jean - Washington Post
Virginia Opera's cinematic production of Richard Strauss's "Salome" was a passionate tour de force that etched love and death in vivid bas-relief Saturday evening at George Mason University's Center for the Arts.
By Rich Griset - Style Weekly
Few operas have generated as much controversy as “Salome.”
London banned all performances until 1910. Gustav Mahler’s attempt to conduct it in Vienna was thwarted after the Catholic archbishop deemed it immoral. The Metropolitan Opera’s 1907 production saw only one performance before wealthy patron J.P. Morgan pressured its closing, a ban that remained for 27 years.
The Virginian-Pilot January 29, 2015
Art: In classical painting, Salome has been presented both as a naive, innocent teenager and as a seductress by such masters as Titian, Caravaggio and Gustave Moreau.
Book: Oscar Wilde's 1891 play, which is the origin of the Strauss opera, was considered scandalous when it premiered in Paris in 1896. Since British law forbade depicting biblical characters onstage, Wilde wrote it in French.