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The stunning and scandalous Salome returns to The Royal Opera for the first revival of a gripping production new last Season. Even after a century, Strauss's opera still has the power to shock as well as enthrall. This is a dazzling musical showpiece, and for these performances has Angela Denoke in the demanding title role of the young woman obsessed by John the Baptist: if the religious prophet she desired had refused her kiss in life, his severed head will not be able to refuse her lips in death. On stage the story has provoked scandal not least in Oscar Wilde's play, upon which Strauss based his opera - violence and nudity are inevitably part of its nature and appear in this production too.

The potent combination of sex and religion led director David McVicar to an inspired exploration of its hypnotically degenerate central character, and Es Devlin's art-deco-inspired designs evoke physical and moral decay in a grand setting. Hartmut Haenchen conducts a virtuoso orchestral score suited to the equally virtuosic talents of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Such a powerful combination of opera, production and performers offers one of the great intense experiences of the whole operatic repertory - a thrilling evening in every sense with The Royal Opera.

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