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Sat 22, Tue 25 & Thu 27 February, 2020

6:30pm Doors
7:30pm Start
9.20pm End

1 hour and 50 minutes, no interval.

Sung in German with English subtitles.

*All times approximate and subject to change.

Palais Theatre’s Bars are open from doors until the end of interval with a selection of food and beverages including sandwiches, soft drinks, snacks and ice-creams and our new central bar which is fully fitted out with beers on tap, wine, spirits and soft drinks.

Prepare to be astounded and mesmerised by this horrifying yet exhilarating spectacle. Based on Oscar Wilde’s notorious play, Strauss’ opera explores the nature of desire and outer limits of human behaviour. 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.

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. 

Irresistible 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.

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 Gavin Swift
Choreographer Elizabeth Hill-Cooper

Herodes Ian Storey
Herodias Liane Keegan
Salome Vida Miknevičiūtė
Jochanaan Daniel Sumegi
Narraboth James Egglestone

Orchestra Victoria

Getting here

Palais Theatre
Cnr Lower Esplanade and Cavell Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182
Next to Luna Park

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