Published 22 August 2011


Press showing at the Göteborg Opera on Friday, 2 September at 2.30 pm. Première at the Göteborg Opera on Saturday, 10 September at 6.00 pm.

This early 20th century Richard Strauss opera never ceases to provoke. In the hands of Peter Konwitschny, one of the world's most renowned opera directors, the boundaries are being moved one stage further.

The young Salome is rejected by John the Baptist and demands his head on a plate from her stepfather Herod as a reward for her dancing. For Oscar Wilde's fin de siècle text, every era has always had to explore what will shock the contemporary audience. For his radical new interpretation of Salome, Peter Konwitschny has dug down into the deepest recesses of the human soul to find expressions to provoke those of us living today. After one and three-quarter hours in Salome's claustrophobic, depraved presence, we are nevertheless offered a surprising – perhaps even hope-inspiring – conclusion.

German director, Peter Konwitschny's productions always arouse strong reactions. His version of Salome makes huge demands of the singers' physical and mental strengths. The Göteborg Opera's acclaimed soloist Annalena Persson sings the title role of the teenage Salome. Annalena Persson, who last appeared at the Göteborg Opera as Elisabeth in Don Carlos in 2010, works internationally and has recently been singing leading roles in operas by Strauss and Wagner in locations such as Seattle, Berlin and Madrid. Next up is the title role in Dvořák's Rusalka in Brussels. Tenor Thomas Sunnegårdh sings the part of Salome's perverted stepfather, Herod. Salome's mother Herodias is sung by mezzo-soprano Ulrika Tenstam. The Göteborg Opera soloist Mats Persson plays the role of Jochanaan, and the role of Herodias' page will be taken by mezzo-soprano Erika Sax. Patrik Ringborg is returning to the Göteborg Opera to conduct the orchestra, presenting Salome in the original Richard Strauss arrangement, which requires close to 90 musicians. Johannes Leiacker is responsible for the costumes and richly detailed stage design. The lighting designer is Manfred Voss.

This is a co-production with De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam and the Tokyo Nikikai Opera Foundation, where it has been performed previously. In Amsterdam too, the title role was played by the Göteborg Opera soloist Annalena Persson. Press showing on 2 September at 2.30 pm at the Göteborg Opera Large Stage. Assembly at the stage door at 2.20 pm. Please report your presence and your interview enquiries to the undersigned!

Première on Saturday, 10 September at 6.00 pm. For review tickets, please contact Anita Manskog on +46 (0)31 10 80 34 or at by Tuesday 6 September. The performance will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, with no intermission. Press photos will be available at from Wednesday 7 September.

With kind regards,
the Göteborg Opera
Carin Arell

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