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Richard Strauss


Palais Theatre
22 Feb 2020 - 27 Feb 2020

Power, seduction, vengeance unveiled


The image of Salome kissing the severed head of John the Baptist (Jochanaan) at once repulses and fascinates, permeating popular culture from classical painting to theatre. Based on Oscar Wilde’s notorious play, Strauss’ scandalous opera combines a biblical tale with sexual awakening, eroticism and murder, exploring the nature of desire and outer limits of human behaviour. 

Intoxicating Salome, the teenage stepdaughter of King Herod (Herodes), is overcome by her desire for the prophet Jochanaan. After his rejection, she takes her revenge by demanding his head.

Emotion rings out in the music which holds a physical power and immediacy, full of rich orchestral colour, and includes the infamous ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’. A stellar international and Australian cast features Vida Miknevičiūtė, Ian Storey, Daniel Sumegi, Liane Keegan and James Egglestone.

Prepare to be astounded and mesmerised by this horrifying yet exhilarating spectacle. One of the most extreme operatic experiences, Salome is an extraordinary work that still has the same power to shock audiences as it did when it was first performed.

Recommended for mature audiences, ages 15+.

Pre-Show Insights: Salome

Phillip Sametz presents a fascinating talk delving deeper into this extraordinary opera on the evening before each performance of Salome.

Horti Hall, Hemstritch Studio

Friday 21 February, 6.30pm BOOK NOW
Monday 24 February, 6.30pm BOOK NOW
Wednesday 26 February, 6.30pm BOOK NOW

Why you must experience Salome

  • Uncover the shocking bible story re-imagined in typically scandalous and sensual style by Oscar Wilde.
  • Experience the power of Strauss’s mesmerising and hypnotic music, including the infamous ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’.
  • Be seduced by the thrills of horror, suspense, and finally catharsis, all in less time than the average movie.
  • Hear the vocal prowess of an extraordinary cast, including rising star Vida Miknevičiūtė who makes her role debut as Salome.
  • Enjoy St Kilda in summer with a pre-show stroll along the beach or dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants.

Dates & Times

Palais Theatre, St Kilda

Saturday 22 February 2020, 7.30pm
Tuesday 25 February 2020, 7.30pm
Thursday 27 February 2020, 7.30pm

Running time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, no interval

Sung in German with English surtitles

Suitable for audiences 15+

Patrons' Pre-show Drinks Tuesday 25 February, 6:30pm
Tactile Tour and Audio-Description available Thursday 27 February

Price reserve maps for this production can be found on our Venue Information page.

Cast & Creatives

Composer Richard Strauss
Librettist Oscar Wilde translated by Hedwig Lachmann

Conductor Richard Mills
Director Cameron Menzies
Set Designer Christina Smith
Costume Designer Anna Cordingley
Lighting Designer Gavan Swift
Choreographer Elizabeth Hill-Cooper


Herod Ian Storey
Herodias Liane Keegan
Salome Vida Miknevičiūtė
Jochanaan Daniel Sumegi
Narraboth James Egglestone
Page of Herodias Dimity Shepherd 
Jews Paul Biencourt, Daniel Todd, Timothy Reynolds, Carlos E. Bárcenas, Raphael Wong
Nazarenes Simon Meadows, Douglas Kelly
Soldiers Alex Pokryshevsky, Jerzy Kozlowski
Cappadocian Kiran Rajasingam
Slave Kathryn Radcliffe


Orchestra Victoria

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