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First performance of Salome

Posted in Anniversary, Bible, Music on Sunday, 28 November 2010

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John the Baptist storms out of the court of King Herod. Illustration by Clive Uptton

9 December marks the anniversary of the first performance of Richard Strauss’s opera Salome in Dresden in 1905. The German composer, perhaps best known for his orchestral piece Thus Spake Zarathustra, based his opera on the play by Oscar Wilde. Its most famous scene is the Dance of the Seven Veils.

The origins of the story of Salome are in the Bible. She was the stepdaughter of Herod who was so pleased with her dance that he promised to give her anything she asked for. Salome, with the encouragement of her mother, Herodias, asked for the head of John the Baptist and it was delivered to her on a plate.

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