Peter Hall’s magnificent 1992 production of Strauss’s
opera Salome features sensational acting from Maria Ewing
who, as the sinister, monstrous heroine of the title, ultimately
leaves nothing to the imagination in her Dance of the Seven
Veils. She leads a fine cast including Michael Devlin as a strongvoiced
Jokanaan, Kenneth Riegel as a devilish Herod, Gillian
Knight as the depraved Herodias and Robin Leggate as the
infatuated Narraboth. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera
House, in excellent form, is conducted by Edward Downes.
Warning: Contains nudity and scenes of violence.
Salome: Maria Ewing
Jokanaan: Michael Devlin
Herod: Kenneth Riegel
Herodias: Gillian Knight
Narraboth: Robin Leggate
The Royal Opera Chorus
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Edward Downes
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent
Garden, London on 2nd June 1992.
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‘Maria Ewing renews her tour de force performance in the
title role, one of extraordinary stamina, range, colour and
agility. … hers was a feat of high-class singing, her playing of
the part taking sensible account of the passage of time, her
Salome no sex kitten but an obsessed woman of chilling
resolution and conviction.’
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