Richard Strauss – Intermezzo

A bourgeois comedy with symphonic interludes in two acts. Libretto by the composer. First performed in the Court Theatre in Dresden on 4 November 1924.   Act 1 Scene 1 It is early one morning in the home of the conductor and court composer Robert Storch in Grundlsee.  Robert is preparing to leave for a […]

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Richard Strauss – Salome

Opera in one act Libretto by the composer based on a German translation by Hedwig Lachmann of Oscar Wilde’s play Salome (1893) First performed in the Court Theatre, Dresden, on 9 December 1905 King Herod is inside his palace giving a banquet.  He has had Jokanaan (John the Baptist) captured and imprisoned in a cistern […]

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Jules Massenet – Hérodiade

Opéra in four acts and seven scenes. Libretto by Paul Milliet and ‘Henri Grémont’ (Georges Hartmann), developed from an original Italian text by Angelo Zanardini, based on the short story Herodias by Gustave Flaubert. First performed at the Théâtre de La Monnaie, Brussels, on 19 December 1881 Although Hérodiade tells the same story of Salome […]

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Antoine Mariotte – Salome

Tragédy Lyrique in one act. Libretto taken from the text of Oscar Wilde’s play (written in French) Salome of 1893. First performed in Lyon on 30 October 1908 Based on Wilde’s play, the title of Mariotte’s opera, just like that of Richard Strauss which completely eclipsed it, makes the central character Salome, and the story […]

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