Salome – Jennifer Holloway
Herodes – Arnold Bezuyen
Herodias – Katarina Karneus
Jokanaan – Robert Hayward
Conductor – Sir Richard Armstrong

Opera at its most extreme. Concentrated into just 100 intense minutes, there is no let-up in its power and intoxication.

The latest in Opera North’s powerful concert performances in concert dress, this is the savage and bloody tale of King Herod’s step-daughter Salome. When Herod’s prisoner Jokanaan rebuffs her advances, Salome vows she will kiss him—no matter the consequences. From the seductive Dance of the Seven Veils to the explosive vocal parts, the violent sensuality of the score illustrates every moment of the story with unflinching vividness, illuminating the darkest corners of a world that has lost all moral compass.

A new concert performance of a work that caused an outrage when it was first performed in 1905, and which, more than a century later, has lost none of its power to shock.

“Strauss’s Salome is shocking. Our attention is rewardingly focused on the tumult of emotions and transgressive desires, with an outstanding central performance by Jennifer Holloway.” ★★★★★ The Times

“Armstrong propels the score forcefully towards its hideously compelling climax – its violence left visually to our imagination but vividly realised in our ears.This is opera at its most nakedly potent.” ★★★★ The Telegraph


The following information is for teachers and home educators. If you are not a teacher or home educator you can book tickets for this show by clicking on the ‘Dates & Times’ tab above.

Our Creative Learning Team says
An ideal introduction to opera with a shortened performance time. Ideal for music students who are interested in exploring the form. The show is in concert dress not costume so students can be encouraged to consider how the music tells the story without relying on theatrical tricks and extras.

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Booking information:
To find out more or to book, call our dedicated schools booking contact Amanda in the Box Office on 024 7615 0930 or email

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