23 June 2014 at 12.54pm | Comment on this article
Herod’s vocal lines in Salome are particularly cruel, if fittingly exaggerated, which was a trend Strauss continued in Elektra with the brief appearance of Klytämnestra’s lover Aegisth. In Der Rosenkavalier, Strauss sends up his contemporary Puccini’s favouring of the tenor voice during the Italian tenor’s aria in Act I.
However, this year, The Royal Opera performs two Strauss operas which feature extraordinary parts for tenors – the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten and Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos – for whom Strauss provides some of his most ardent melodies.
2014 sees the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’s birth. The composer is celebrated at the ROH with stagings of Die Frau ohne Schatten (which ran until 2 April 2014) and Ariadne auf Naxos (25 June-13 July). Tickets for Ariadne auf Naxos are still available.