Strauss's Salome From the BBC Proms

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Nina Stemme as Salome at the BBC Proms Nina Stemme as Salome at the BBC Proms (BBC/Chris Christodoulou)

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The soprano who created the role of Salome declared herself "respectable," and thus refused to perform the famously scandalous "Dance of the Seven Veils." (A dancer served as stand-in.) Yet that very sensationalism, along with the raw power of its drama, has made Salome one of Strauss's most familiar and popular operas.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Salome from one of the many cities where it was initially banned. It comes to us from the Royal Albert Hall and the 2014 BBC Proms Concerts in London. Soprano Nina Stemme sings the title role, in a performance led by conductor Donald Runnicles.


Salome: Nina Stemme (soprano)
John the Baptist: Samuel Youn (baritone)
Herod: Burkhard Ulrich (tenor)
Herodias: Doris Soffel (mezzo-soprano)
Narraboth: Thomas Blondelle (tenor) 
The Page: Ronnita Miller (mezzo-soprano)
First Jew: Pal Kaufmann (tenor)
Second Jew: Gideon Popper (tenor)
Third Jew: Jörg Schörner (tenor)
Fourth Jew: Clemens Biber (tenor)
Fifth Jew: Andrew Harris (bass)
First Nazarene: Noel Bouley (tenor)
Second Nazarene: Carlton Ford (bass)
First Soldier: Marko Miminca (bass)
Second Soldier: Tobias Kehrer (baritone)
A Cappadocian: Seth Carico (bass)

Orchestra of the German Opera, Berlin 
Donald Runnicles, conductor

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