- the opera that
catapulted Hildegard Behrens to stardom
Salome as "a sixteen-year old Isolde," to be played
"as a chaste virgin, an Oriental princess, with but the simplest,
most dignified gestures..."
The great maestro Herbert von Karajan was of like mind, and he
found his Salome in Hildegard Behrens - to this day the
opera stage's most riveting Salome. Their recording, Ms. Behrens'
first, has been digitally remastered and re-released by EMI as
part of the Great Recordings of the Century series.
interest: An excerpt from the last track of this recording was
used in the Merchant/Ivory film "A Soldier's Daughter Never
SALOME, an opera
in one act by RICHARD STRAUSS (text after a French translation
of the play by Oscar Wilde, based on the biblical character) premiered
at the Dresden Opera 1905, it was a scandalous success* that played
to the critics' consternation and the bishops' condemnation.
But what sounded controversial and disturbingly dissonant then
is today loved for the lush orchestration and the intense beauty
of its music.
*Salome paid the bill for Strauss' villa