Overview


Synopsis

Salome is Oscar Wilde’s twist on the biblical story of Herod, Herodias, and Salome. The story tells of a lovely young girl Salome, her step-father Herod’s obsession with her, and Salome’s infatuation with the prophet John the Baptist (Jokanaan). This hypersexualized story and grim-fated heroine have outraged and intrigued audiences for the last century. Salome’s infamous “dance of the seven veils,” a seductive dance for her step-father, is one of the opera’s most famous musical moments, even though it has angered probably just about as many people as it has pleased.


Characters

Male

Lead

Tenor

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano

Female

Lead

Soprano



Show Information

Based on the Play/Book/Film
Oscar Wilde
Category
Number of Acts
1 Act
First Produced
1905
Genres
Settings
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
biblical, galilee, the palace of herod at tiberius
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Some Dance
Ideal For
professional opera
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, late teen, young adult, early teen characters

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