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Strauss, R.

Opera in one Act
Opera House | 19:00-20:40

Scene: the palace of Herod, Tetrarch of Judea in Jerusalem 

Time: the reign of Herod Antis II. 


The young Syrian captain Narraboth is longingly watching Princess Salome revelling in the stateroom with Herod and his guests. His friend the page to Herodias is talking about some strange and dreadful tension. His prophesying words suggest some awful tragedy. Salome, longing for fresh air, walks out to the terrace where she takes notice of a voice coming from below the earth, that of Jokanaan the prophet shut up in a cistern used as prison. The princess entreats Narraboth until he has the cistern opened, thus breaking Herod's definite order. The prophet appears with a pale face and blazing eyes. Salome falls in love with him at first sight. Regardless of his abusive words about King Herod, his wife Herodias and the shallow life of their court she desires Jokanaan's kiss more and more eagerly. Jokanaan tries to divert Salome from her mad desire in vain: the girl claims his love more and more impatiently. In the end the prophet curses Salome and returns to his prison. Narraboth, who is in love with the princess, is unable to bear her passionate words and kills himself with his sword. Herod, keeping an eye on Salome, perceives her absence and sets out to find her. He steps into a pool of blood on the terrace and discovers the body of his faithful officer to his utter horror. His agitation soon passes: he asks for more wine and tries to persuade Salome to dance for him. The princess shows reluctance for a long time. She yields only when Herod promises to fulfil whatever she wishes in return. Salome is getting ready for the dance of the seven veils. Watching the dance in growing excitement, Herod urges Salome to tell him her wish. Salome answers simply. "I want the head of Jokanaan!" Though under the strong influence of wine, Herod knows that a lot of people look upon the prophet as a saint and he does his best to dissuade Salome from her mad intention. He promises her wonderful rare peacocks, then fabulous treasures and finally - to the righteous indignation of the jews - the curtain of the Ark of the Covenant. Salome remains firm. Her wish is backed by her mother Herodias, who has long hated the prophet for cursing her all the time. Bound by his promise, Herod eventually orders Salome's wish to be fulfilled. A terrible silence of suspense follows: everybody watches the executioner descend into the cistern breathlessly. The composer illustrates the fearful atmosphere with a frightening orchestral effect, the unusually high tones of the doublebass. In the end the executioner hands Salome the head of the prophet on a silver tray. The outer world ceases to exist for Salome. She lives for nothing but to fulfil her mad desire that is to kiss the dead man's lips. Herod himself is unable to bear the sight. He shouts at his soldiers, "Kill that woman!" The guards bury Salome beneath their shields. 


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Szövegíró: Oscar Wilde 

Rendező: Szikora János m. v. 

Díszlettervező: Csikós Attila m. v. 

Jelmeztervező: Schaffer Judit kivál 

Karmester: Kovács János 


Egyfelvonásos zenedráma 

Német nyelvű előadás. A német fordítás Hedvig Lachmann mun kája. 

A rendező munkatársai: Frigyesi Tibor, Szilágyi Gábor 

Zenei asszisztensek: Dala Péter, Pethő Zsolt, P. Szabó Anikó, Salgó Tamás, Szücs Lórándt 


Heródes: Rozsos István 

Heródias: Mészöly Katalin 

Salome: Sass Sylvia m.v. érdemes művész 

Jochanaan: Kálmándi Mihály 

Narraboth: Hormai József 

Apród: Ulbrich Andrea f.h. 

I. zsidó: Korcsmáros Péter 

II. zsidó: Korondy György, érdemes művész 

III. zsidó: Gerdesits Ferenc, Laczó András 

IV. zsidó: Kecskés Sándor m.v. 

V. zsidó: Hantos Balázs 

I. nazarénus: Clementis Tamás f.h. 

II. nazarénus: Lengyel Gábor, Szécsi István f.h. 

I. katona: Király Miklós 

II. katona: Fried Péter 

egy cappadocai: Kővári Csaba f.h. 

Rabszolga: Pataki Antal f.h.