Peter Hall’s 1992 production of Strauss’s opera Salome features a thrilling performance from Maria Ewing who, as the sinister and monstrous heroine of the title, ultimately leaves nothing to the imagination in her Dance of the Seven Veils. Ewings leads a fine cast that includes Michael Devlin as a strong-voiced Jokanaan, Kenneth Riegel as a devilish Herod, Gillian Knight as the depraved Herodias and Robin Leggate as the infatuated Narraboth. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, in excellent form, is conducted by Edward Downes. Please Note: This production contains nudity and scenes of violence.
Composer: Richard Strauss Salome: Maria Ewing Jokanaan: Michael Devlin Herod: Kenneth Riegel Herodias: Gillian Knight Narraboth: Robin Leggate
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Conductor: Edward Downes Concert Master: John Brown Stage Director: Peter Hall Set, Costume & Lighting Design: John Bury Choreography: Elizabeth Keen
Picture: 4:3 Sound: PCM 2.0 Format: NTSC Region code: 0 Running time: 104 mins Subtitles: EN (sung in German)
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Of the many DVDs of this opera that I have this performance by Maria Ewing would most certainly be my one of choice. BUT - and it is a big ‘but’ - the DVD is showing its age. The performance is so outstanding that I was hoping that its reissue would be as a result of a technical improvement. In fact I had seen the format advertised as being 16:9 indicating that this had happened. But here it is shown as being in the original 4:3 format implying “no change”, which is sad.
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