'I find the skill of Strauss is awesome, it’s frightening how he paints those pictures with his music.'
News and features regarding ‘Salome by David McVicar’
- 23 January 2018
- 16 January 2018
A quick guide to Richard Strauss's taboo-breaking and deliciously decadent opera.
- 9 January 2018
Audience responses and press reviews following the first night of this biblical opera.
A century of scandal: The historic items that reveal the fascinating history of Salome at the Royal Opera House4 December 2017
Once banned from the London stage, Strauss's radical opera has been seducing London audiences since 1910.
- 30 January 2017
From devils and rogues, to lovers and rulers – who says tenors have to have all the fun?
Debate: Are intervals a frustrating distraction from the drama or a valuable break to gather thoughts?24 February 2015
Which works do you think could do with an interval tweak?
- 5 December 2014
Curses, seduction and murder are just the tip of the iceberg.
- 11 August 2014
Our A-Z of Strauss series takes a closer look at the composer; from the debate over his Nazi sympathies, to his fondness for yodelling.
- 21 July 2014
Strauss is often the favourite composer of percussionists, offering plenty of things to hit, chime and ring.
- 27 June 2014
Composers from Purcell to Turnage bring the audience onstage by writing them into the music.
- 26 June 2014
Without the Austrian director, we wouldn't have the vision-led operas we love to debate today.
- 2 June 2014
With an ever-watching eye on his bank account, Strauss created and released a series of orchestral highlights ('Querschnitt' in German) from his operas.