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Having grown up in an environment that knows no restraint and inhibitions, the eccentric Princess Salome is fascinated by the otherness of moral integrity and ascetic living prophet Jokanaan that keep her mother Herodias and her grip on stepfather Herod imprisoned.

Salome
Salome © Monika Rittershaus

Jochanaan Salome rejects Steeped in Liebeslust overtures brusquely, she developed a real obsession and uses the lust of her stepfather to enforce their will: Then Herod has promised to meet Salome for the erotic "Dance of the Seven Veils' every whim, she asked In return Jochanaans head on a silver tray. In a frantic madness she kisses the lifeless lips and met so her sensual desire - to Herod gave the order to kill Salome. Between feinnervigem psychogram and presentation ecstatic, rampant lust iridescent, Richard Strauss succeeded with his adaptation of Oscar Wildes skandalös- shocking decadence drama in 1905, his first, overwhelming success as an opera composer. In provocative ecstatic Klangvisionen he pours the hotly-charged feeling waves and deep psychological depths of his eccentric heroine in an iridescent, partly rugged music with dramatic sound power of the mighty orchestral apparatus not only the spiritual decay and the seductiveness of Salome, but also their other callousness and Jokanaan Pathetic accusations in an exciting and disturbing way.
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