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Opera Talk with Dick Hutman: Strauss’ Salome (more…)

January 25, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Leo Baeck Temple
1300 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

In 1905, when Richard Strauss’ third opera, Salome, burst onto the scene, it was banned in world capitals including London, Paris, and New York. Obsessed with the captive, John the Baptist, the seductive young Salome cleverly outwits her stepfather, Herod – setting in motion the legendary Dance of the Veils and the tragic events that ensue. The public outcry at Strauss’ new work- based on the Oscar Wilde version of the New Testament gospels of Mark and Matthew – did not diminish his reputation with the German Expressionists and the avant garde.

Next class:  Dvorak’s Rusalka on February 22