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Richard Strauss

New production


Libretto: The play Salome by Oscar Wilde, translated to German by Hedwig Lachmann


Itay Tiran directs a new production of one of the greatest operatic masterpieces based on Oscar Wilde’s play. Dan Ettinger conducts the mesmerizing music including the famous dance of the seven veils.

Conductor  Dan Ettinger
Director  Itay Tiran
Set Designer  Eran Atzmon
Costume Designer  Orna Smorgonski
Choreographer  Renana Raz
Lighting Designer  Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
Video Designer  Yoav Cohen




Salome Elisabet Strid
Merav Barnea
Jochanaan Daniel Sumegi
Sebastian Holecek
Herod Chris Merrit
Hubert Francis
Herodias Edna Prochnik
Edit Zamir
Narraboth Robert McPherson
Eitan Drori
Page of Salome Shay Bloch
First JewJoseph Almog Aridan
Second Jew Christian Sturm
Third Jew Anthony Webb
Fourth Jew Alasdair Elliott
Fifth Jew Yair Polishook
First Soldier Vladimir Braun
Second Soldier Noah Briger
First Nazarene Yuri Kissin
Second Nazarene Adrian Dwyer
Cappadocian Yuri Kissin
Slave Oshri Segev


The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion


Sung in German

English and Hebrew Surtitles
Translation: Israel Ouval


Duration: Aprox one hour and fifty minutes without intermission 

New production of the Israeli Opera


On a moonlit terrace in Herod’s palace in Judea, Narraboth, captain of the guard, rhapsodizes over the beauty of the princess Salome. A page warns him that he is staring too intently at the princess and that evil will come of it. The voice of the prophet Jochanaan (John the Baptist) is heard coming from a cistern, where the holy man has been kept prisoner by Herod. He prophesies the coming of the Messiah, and the soldiers argue about him, disputing his saintliness. They are interrupted by the appearance of princess Salome who, disgusted with her stepfather Herod’s Jochanaan’s lecherous glances at her, has left the banquet hall and came out onto the terrace. Jochanaan’s voice rings out through the night, and the fascinated Salome decides she must speak with him. She orders the soldiers to bring the prisoner to her. When they say that they cannot disobey Herod’s orders, she coaxes Narraboth into agreeing.

Jochanaan is presented to Salome. Instead of being disgusted, Salome is attracted to his voice, his deathly pallor and ascetic looks. He tells her to repent. She says she must touch the prophet’s ghastly white flesh, feel his shining black hair and kiss his scarlet lips. Jochanaan denounces her, but Salome’s desire for him becomes uncontrollable. Narraboth, frightened by the confrontation that he has enabled, stabs himself and dies, as Salome continues to beg Jochanaan to be allowed to kiss him. “Daughter of adultery” the prophet shrieks, “go seek repentance!” Salome repeats her demands. Jochanaan pronounces her cursed and returns to the cistern.

Herod enters, followed by his guests, looking for Salome, obsessed by her. Herodias, his wife, jealously accuses Herod of ogling at her daughter. Herod offers the princess food and wine, but she rejects him. Jochanaan’s admonitions again arise from the cistern, and Herodias asks Herod to get rid of him, to turn him over to the Hebrews. Herod refuses, stating that Jochanaan is a holy man. At this, a theological argument breaks out among the Hebrew guests about the presence of good and evil in the world. Two Nazarenes report the miracles of Jesus, claiming that the Messiah has arrived. Jochanaan again curses the wickedness of Herodias, who screams for him to be silenced.

Herod suddenly asks Salome to dance for him. Supported by her mother, Salome refuses. Not until Herod swears to give her whatever she may desire, does Salome, ignoring her mother’s pleas, agree. She dances the dance of the seven veils in front of Herod. Herod now asks her to state her request. She asks for the head of Jochanaan on a silver platter. Herod is horrified, but Herodias approves, thinking Salome has done this to avenge her. Herod offers Salome precious jewels, rare white peacocks - anything - to dissuade her, but Salome is adamant. Finally, Herod agrees.

Eagerly, Salome anticipates the sounds of the execution. Just as she is about to send more soldiers down, the arm of the Executioner rises up out of the darkness bearing the head of Jochanaan. Salome grabs her reward and passionately sings to Jochanaan as though he could still hear her. “The mystery of love,” she sings, “is greater than the mystery of death.” Salome ecstatically kisses the severed head. Herod orders her to be killed and his soldiers obey.

Back Stage Secrets

Back Stage Secrets at the Opera
Many Opportunities to Widen your Opera Experience

Do you want to know more about the opera you are about to attend? Do you want to find out some back stage secrets? Do you want to meet the artists after the performance? The Israeli Opera enables you to widen your opera experience with a variety of pre performance and post-performance events. 

Towards Opening

On Saturday morning before the premiere, the creators of the production and several of the soloists gather to discuss the opera, the production, their own career and today’s opera world. This is a unique opportunity to learn as much as possible about the production and meet the director, conductor, designers and some of the participating soloists. Musical excerpts from the opera illustrate the discussion. Towards Opening takes place before some of each season’s productions.

Pre Performance Lecture

One hour before each opera performance there is a 30-minute introductory lecture in the auditorium (in Hebrew). Opera staffers present the opera and the production and enable the audience to get some extra information a short time before attending the performances. Admission is free for ticket holders. 

Pre Performance Back Stage Tours

What happens backstage before the audience even thinks of getting dressed for the performance? What do the singers do? The conductor? The Technical teams? How does everyone prepare for the performance? A unique opportunity to taste a little bit of the back stage excitement before the curtain ascends/ A concerted half hour tour in places that are not usually open to the general public. Tours begin 90 minute before the performance begins and last 30 minutes. Tickets are 25NIS and can be booked in advance (tickets for each tour are limited). Tours take place on several evenings in each production. Details can be found at the Israeli opera’s website. Tours from groups both in Hebrew and in English can be booked in advance (sarah@israelopera.org.il )

Opera Talkback

The curtain has just descended on the final scene of the opera. The hour is late. Nut the experience was riveting. This is the time to meet several of the performers. Come to listen and to speak. Ask questions. Meet the artists. A once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the artists who have just excited you on the stage. Opera Talkbacks takes place on the second level of the Opera House foyer and last around 30 minutes. Admission free. Opera Talkback takes place on several evenings in each production. Details can be found at the Israeli opera’s website.  



  Date Hour

Towards Opening

29 December 2018



8 January 2019


Opening lecture

Before every show

An hour before every show

Back Stage Tours

9, 15, 21, 24 January 2019

16:30 / 18:30

Opera Talkback

9, 12, 16, 21, 24 January 2019

After the show 


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