3-Minute Opera: Strauss's 'Salome'

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 05:00 PM

Karita Mattila in the title role of Strauss's 'Salome.' Karita Mattila in the title role of Strauss's 'Salome.' (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you a Richard Strauss opera. The WQXR morning host breaks down Strauss's Salome in a New York minute (or three).


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Comments [6]

concetta nardone from Nassau

Thanks Jeff for your outline of Salome. Look forward to more of these.

Jun. 16 2014 09:16 AM

@Kevin Walters
Elgar = Thumbs up
Catholic Church = ???

Jun. 13 2014 03:51 AM
Kevin Walters from Mamaroneck NY

Re: Salome in three minutes. Richard Strauss and Edward Elgar were on vy friendly terms and each admired the music of the other. "Salome" received its US premier at the MET in 1907. The Catholic Church found it to be offensive and forbid Catholics to attend. Elgar was in New York at the time and was contacted by the Archdiocese to lead a service praying for the failure of the opera. Truth! Elgar declined. My source is Michael Kennedy's biography of Elgar, p.222.

Jun. 12 2014 09:13 PM
Annette from N. Bergen, NJ


Jun. 11 2014 09:31 PM
Listener from North NJ

This was amazing! Would love to hear more of these.

Jun. 11 2014 09:57 AM
Benita from Cary, NC

Great commentary and concise.

Just LOVED your commentary when the "First Love" piece ended. Made me laugh! Thanks for always starting my day. LOVE WQXR all my life (72)!

Jun. 11 2014 09:49 AM

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