Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle

Hanna Schwarz, Iain Paterson, Emily Magee

  • Richard Strauss
    Salome concert performance (01:54:30)

Easter is almost upon us, and once more the Berliner Philharmoniker take on the role of an opera orchestra at the Salzburg Easter Festival. This time the Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle and an exclusive ensemble of singers will explore Richard Strauss's Salome. Before then, the musicians present a concert version preview to audiences in the Philharmonie and in the Digital Concert Hall.

"I'm sorry, I like him otherwise, but with this he will do himself a great deal of harm." - this was the reaction of Kaiser Wilhelm II, who like so many of his contemporaries, could not deal with the dark eroticism of the work. The audience at the premiere, however, thought differently, with their jubilant applause resulting in no less than 36 curtain calls. This hysterical discussion for and against has long overshadowed the wealth of nuance contained in the opera, from the finely balanced orchestration to the multifaceted character of the eponymous heroine.

For the Berlin performance, the American soprano Emily Magee makes her role debut as Salome. She is particularly well-known in the great opera houses of the world, from the Royal Opera House in London to the Bayreuth Festival, as a singer of Wagner and Strauss. In addition to the male leading roles - Stig Andersen as Herod and Iain Paterson as Jochanaan - the singer in the role of Herodias will also be someone to look out for: Hanna Schwarz, one of the most outstanding mezzos to emerge in the last decades whose work with the Berliner Philharmoniker goes back to 1973.

EMISir Simon Rattle appears by kind permission of EMI Classics.

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