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Salome NY Times Project

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  1. SalomeNY Times Project

  2. History • Based on Christian Mythology • Story of Salome inspired artists and writers • Oscar Wilde wrote Salome in 1892

  3. History Cont’d • Richard Strauss was inspired by Wilde’s play • Salome cause a sensation at the Met and was even banned for a time

  4. Summary of Salome • Many men desired to be with Salome • Salome only wanted Jochanaan (also known as John the Baptist) • Jochanaan does not want anything to do with her

  5. Summary • Herod (Salome’s stepfather) wanted Salome • Inappropriate: • Desires to “put his mouth where hers has been” • Asks her to dance numerous times • Mother disgusted with him

  6. Summary • Salome decides to dance • After dance, her wish is Jochanaan’s head cut off • Herod tries to convince her otherwise • She refuses, so he proceeds with wish

  7. Summary • Salome is handed Jochanaan’s head on silver platter • Sings with success because she now has him • Herod thinks it’s disgusting, so he has her executed

  8. Score • German Libretto written by Richard Strauss • One act • Technically difficult

  9. Music cont’d • Huge orchestra that is emphasized • Demanding for vocalists – compared to Wagnerian sopranos

  10. Karita Mattila • Leading soprano • Born September 5. 1960 • Reprising role of Salome • Adds intense physicality to the role

  11. Other performers • King Herod : Kim Begley (tenor) • John the Baptist :Juha Uusitalo (bass- baritone) • Herodias : Ildiko Komlosi (Mezzo-soprano) • Narraboth : Joseph Kaiser (tenor)

  12. Critique • Uses very descriptive, vivid words • The whole idea of the opera itself is mirrored in the way he writes review • He compared particular production to the one four years before this one

  13. Critique Cont’d • Talks about Karita Mattila and then talks about Salome’s character  • Talks about costume • Concluded review by saying that it’s Mattila’s show

  14. Comparison • Review written 4 years ago by same person • Has the same general structure • Writes with the same style

  15. Herod asking Salome to dance • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6og12WfUnY

  16. Salome Singing • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDNE_7gdjmk

  17. Music Clip • http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/season/audio_pop.aspx?id=266

  18. Random