Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2022 Bergen International Festival



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Thursday 2 June 7:30 PM

2022-06-02 19:30:00 2022-06-02 22:30:00 Europe/Oslo Salome Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester

Grotesque, erotic, forbidden, psychotic, macabre – Salome mirrors the extreme limits of the darkest sides of the human condition.

​In the 1890s Oscar Wilde passionately took hold of the biblical story about Salome, Herod and John the Baptist. A few years after his death, Richard Strauss transformed Wilde's work into an intense opera that reaches its chilling climax in the course of just one act.

It was not the shocking story that appealed to Strauss, but the opportunity to make glittering, explosive music. He makes straight for the disturbingly violent emotions of the characters: Herod sneers and his wife Herodias nags, while Princess Salome sings, uninhibited and sensually, in an unparalleled soundscape. The original-sounding orchestral 'Dance of the Seven Veils' is one of the operas's highlights, until the double basses tremble, warning ominously of something falling heavily to the floor …

The title role Salome is played by the American soprano Sara Jakubiak, whose rich, versatile voice has captivated audiences in major opera houses worldwide. She is now visiting Bergen alongside a star-studded cast of singers. With Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra all the ingredients are in place for a night of passion!

Image: Sara Jakubiak (photo: Barbara Aumüller)

New date: This event was postponed from the 2020 Bergen International Festival and has a new concert date in 2022.