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Well sung Salome,
This review is from: Richard Strauss: Salome (Arthaus: 101593) [DVD]  [NTSC] (DVD)
All the productions of Salome that I have seen have problems with staging and this one is no different! In this case the problem is the production itself, the staging is just too distracting, all shiny black floors and modern dress, it doesn't quite fit, rather than adding to the drama it detracts! I also found it somewhat predictable, yes the story is based in Jewish history, but some of the characters are so stereotypical Jewish, with their frock coats, wide-brimmed hats and prayer shawls, as to almost make it condescending.
Angela Denoke gives a strong performance in the title role, she does over-act at times and some of her facial expressions are enough to make you laugh, but vocally she can't be faulted, and thankfully she has a couple more veils than Maria Ewing to remove! Kim Begley also gives a fine performance as Herodes, although he does remind me of a portly Robert Tear, and again he also tends to overact a little! Doris Soffel is a good Herodias, while Alan Held's portrayal of Johanaan just doesn't fit with the rest of the production, it's almost as the director, Nikolaus Lehnhoff, could not think what a modern clothes to dress him in, so reverted to a costume which would be suitable in a traditional rendition of the opera or play, well that is apart from his Mohican with a pony-tale!
So in many cases an odd production, but one which is really well sung, but looses out on the staging, it would not be my first choice for the opera on DVD, the problem is however, that I have not found my first choice yet, and this respect it comes first in the productions I have on DVD, but only for the singing!