On the evening of Wednesday, March 13, the Palm Beach Opera invited tweeters to the final dress rehearsal of their last mainstage opera of 2013. Salome, written and composed in 1905 by Richard Strauss, tells the biblical story of Salome, the stepdaughter of King Herod, and her unrequited love for John the Baptist or, as he is referred to in the opera, Jochanaan. Strauss based his interpretation on Oscar Wilde's turn-of-the-century play of the same name. Salome is a strong-willed woman, who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. After Jochanaan rebuffs her advances, Salome resorts to flaunting her body and capitalizing on her good looks to avenge his dismissal. To get a better sense of the tone and material, check out a selection of our tweets below!
This 90-minute opera is full of spectacular music and performances, but it is not appropriate for everyone; due to brief nudity and stage gore, it is not recommended for young children. Salome's official run at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach begins on March 15 and continues through March 17. To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit pbopera.org.