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Strauss; Salome [DVD] 
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David McVicar's powerful 2008 production of Oscar Wilde's bible-based drama takes the controversially disturbing film Salò as its visual reference, setting it in a debauched palace in Nazi Germany. Strauss's ravishing and voluptuous score adds to the sexual alchemy conjured by an international cast led by Nadja Michael in the title role. Filmed for the big screen with High Definition cameras and recorded in true surround sound.
Warning: Contains nudity and scenes of violence.
"Nadia Michael's Salome can sing and dance with comparable flair and accuracy. Thomas Moser's Herod is genuinely moving...The orchestra plays spendidly under Philippe Jordan and Jonathan Haswell's photography is more imaginative than the work of his colleague at La Scala." (The Penguin Guide)
"McVicar, a director who rarely puts a foot wrong, has once again put his stamp on a great work, making you view it afresh." (Musicomh.com)
"Philippe Jordan seems to have balanced his orchestra extremely well for both house and cast and is especially alert to the most modern twists of Strauss's harmonies. The filming (Jonathan Haswell) is sensitive to David McVicar's work while being much more than merely a static record." (Gramophone)
CastNadja Michael (Salome)Michaela Schuster (Herodias)Thomas Moser (Herod)Joseph Kaiser (Narraboth)Michael Volle (Jokanaan)
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Philippe JordanStage Director: David McVicar
Catalogue Number: OA0996DDate of Performance: 2008Running Time: 169 minutesSound: DTS Surround 5.1; LPCM StereoAspect Ratio: 16:9 AnamorphicSubtitles: EN, FR, DE, ES, ITLabel: Opus Arte
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Ignore all the disturbing references to 120 days of Sodom and Nazi Germany in the Product Description. This production is not remotely as extreme as all that implies. The production was such a magnificent and historical one for Covent Garden, that one absolutely has to "own it" in any way possible. As a complete whole work, it has to be the best staging of "Salome" ever. At the time, there were many complaints about Michael's vocal performance not being ideal and about her being a bit shrill. I was personally so carried away by the entire production that I forgot to think of any individual aspects of this, even if (according to some professional critics) Michael's voice was too "harsh" for this role. I haven't felt that: After all, this is a "harsh" opera and hers is a "harsh" part. But then, I am not a qualified, technical person, nor too knowledgeable in classical music. But I didn't find her in any way inferior to other "Salome"s... And, mainly, this staging is so "complete" as a work and every element of it has fallen so perfectly in place that, as a member of the audience, I can not fault anything.
So, why did I give this 4 stars? Well, if I had to find one problem with this DVD (except for the rather high price, that is), it would be that it fails to revive the feelings originally created in the audience's souls by the live performance of this most visceral of productions. Somehow the DVD makes the stage look too dark and there are too many close-ups on the singers' faces and body movements.Read more ›
Salome is sung very well, not the sweetest tone, but it is pitch perfect and she does look and act the part very well. The orchestra play with precision and thus conducting was also very good. The constant shift of the score from the lush exotic and rich harmony to edge of the seat harsh dissonance (used to great effect by Strauss) is clear and perfectly executed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Royal Opera House's David Mcvicars Salome marvellous intense central performance in this difficult role and a set do die for. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2013 by Clive Douglas Bebee
I completely miss the point of this production. Despite the extensive extras on the DVD, in which the production team discuss their thinking, they seem to want to be contentious... Read morePublished on 4 May 2011 by I. Zaneres