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Virginia Opera presents 'Salome,' a tour de force etched in love and death

February 19, 2015

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.

Virginia Opera's "Salome" revives a legendary opera that presents challenges for any era.

February 05, 2015

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.

Salome, the original temptress in popular culture

January 27, 2015

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.