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  • Directors: Derek Bailey, Peter Hall
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: OPUS ARTE
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jun. 2009
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BZOVKW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,724 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Peter Hall's magnificent 1992 production of Strauss's opera Salome features sensational acting from Maria Ewing who, as the sinister, monstrous heroine of the title, ultimately leaves nothing to the imagination in her Dance of the Seven Veils. She leads a fine cast including Michael Devlin as a strongvoiced 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.

Warning: Contains nudity and scenes of violence.

Press Reviews

"Maria Ewing renews her tour de force performance in the title role, one of extraordinary stamina, range, colour and agility...hers was a feat of high-class singing..." (The Evening Standard)
"Maria Ewing is the magnetic anti-heroine ..." (BBC Music Magazine)
Cast
Maria Ewing (Salome)
Michael Devlin (Jokanaan)
Kenneth Riegel (Herod)
Gillian Knight (Herodias)
Robin Leggate (Narraboth)
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Stage Director: Edward Downes
Catalogue Number: OAR3108D
Date of Performance: 1992
Running Time: 104 minutes
Sound: PCM Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Anamorphic
Subtitles: EN
Label: Opus Arte

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It doesn't get any better than this. This co-production of the ROH and the LA opera is a classic but timely recounting of the Wilde-Strauss masterpiece. Maria Ewing is amazing as Salome. She gives the character a realistic and frightening interpretation which is vocally and visually stunning. This is a woman you wouldn't want to meet on the street or have move in next door. With apologies to "Basic Instinct" you'd hope that it was only bunnies she was boiling. Speaking of frightening, there are also not many opera singers you'd want to see in the nude: Ms. Ewing is certainly an exception. The dance of the seven veils, for once, makes you see what Herod was all worked up about. The supporting cast is equally wonderful with Michael Devlin singing an intense and compelling Jokhann and Kenneth Rigel a delicously depraved Herod. Sir Edward Downes conducts a splendidly intense Royal Opera House orchestra and the production directed by Sir Peter Hall simply sizzles. Opera at its best is better than the latest Hollywood blockbuster; this is opera at its best
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This is a wonderful recording that captures the shamefully short-lived Peter Hall production at Covent Garden, featuring his then-wife Maria Ewing in the title role. This is Covent Garden at its best - the production is sumptuously and stylishly designed, steeped in great decadence - the colours zing out from the screen in excellent lighting and camera work. The supporting cast are all fabulous, Kenneth Riegel giving a particularly vivid Herod, Michael Devlin is a powerful but dignified Jokanaan. The orchestra has an air of improvised energy skillfully guided by Edward Downes. But as with any production of Salome, the central role is the key to its success. Here Maria Ewing brings a disturbing edge to the Princess, absolutely obsessed with the Baptist - you can understand why Herod orders her to be killed! She is somewhat wayward with the vocal line, but never errs from the spirit of the piece - a crowning achievement and probably her most successful role!
The clarity of the recording is excellent too, and although it was recorded in 1992 stands up incredibly well to advances in technology - crystal clear and in perfect sound.
Higly recommended - along with Malfitano's account of the title role as a joint benchmark DVD recording!
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Maria Ewing's portrayl of Salome surprised me. In the beginning she irritated me with her swooning style of singing and her german pronunciation. However, she grew into the role and got around even the most difficult parts successfully. She kept the girlish element in her voice prominent, but also played her like a real spoilt girl. I feel though that her direction was too contrived, her initial movements too static. Michael Devlin's voice is also an acquired taste. The supporting roles were well cast. A worthy choice if compared with the more recent ROH production with Malfitano and Terfel. My top choice is still the production from Berlin with Sinopoli conducting.
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A stunning performance all round which defines the term "decadent". I first came to this opera through Sir Georg Solti's recording and I still find Birgit Nilsson and Gerhard Stolze make the hairs stand up on the back of my neck when I listen to them. But it is good to see a realistic staging of this work - based on Oscar Wilde's play. Maria Ewing is really excellent - by turns seductive and scary. The Dance of the Seven Veils is the highlight - is she dancing for Herod or Jokanaan? Kenneth Riegel as Herod almost out-Stolzes Stolze but I think Stolze is slightly more unhinged! Good support from other members of the cast - Jokanaan looks suitably emaciated - and a realistic severed head at the end! The DTS sound on the version I saw of this was a revelation on my surround sound system. You can hear the reverberation as Salome looks down into Jokanaan's cistern. Highly recommended for a decadent night it.
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