Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - Start: 8:00 PM

Musical drama in one act by Richard Strauss (Salzburg Festival 2018, Felsenreitschule – in German). A co-production by ORF, 3sat and UNITEL

Asmik Grigorian as Salome
Asmik Grigorian as Salome
It was the sensation of the 2018 Salzburg Festival: Romeo Castellucci’s daring production of Salome at the Felsenreitschule, a feast of impressive images. In this spectacular setting, a starry cast of singers graced the stage, but one left them all in the shadow: the Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian in the title role, who not only made her role debut as Salome, but also achieved instant star status with this performance. She dominated the evening with gestures, action and “breath-taking vocal reserves” and was celebrated by the reviewers accordingly. Der Spiegel wrote: “Her endlessly powerful, goose bump-inducing voice which swept the orchestra along with it gave a touchingly sensual portrayal of the torn soul and psychological suffering of Salome, the seeker of meaning. In addition, Grigorian seems to burst with performative accents, guided precisely and effectively by director Castellucci. No question, however: such an overflowing, temperamental talent as Grigorian cannot be controlled to the last millimetre.” Along with Franz Welser-Möst’s enraptured conducting, she earned thunderous applause at the premiere.


Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst | Director: Romeo Castellucci | Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic | Duration: 112 Minutes| Featuring: John Daszak (Herodes), Anna Maria Chiuri (Herodias), Asmik Grigorian (Salome), Gábor Bretz (Jochanaan), Julian Prégardien (Narraboth)