Salomé

Antoine Mariotte (1875–1944)

22, 25, 28, 31 October, 2014

A rarely-performed operatic version of Oscar Wilde’s perceptive play about Herod’s dysfunctional family and the unhappy step-relationships between Herod, his second wife Herodias and his niece and stepdaughter Salome.

Salomé, composed by the French sailor-turned-composer Antoine Mariotte (1875–1944), is an opera based on Oscar Wilde’s 1891 play Salomé. Mariotte followed closely Wilde’s French text, portraying the emotional extremes, passions and secret terrors of the dysfunctional family of Hérod, Tetrarch of Judea, his second wife Hérodias (who was also his sister-in-law as well as his niece), and Salomé who was both Hérod’s great-niece and his step-daughter.

At the heart of it all is Iokanaan, John the Baptist, imprisoned for telling Hérod disturbing truths about his immoral conduct. Salomé lives for passion and excitement; she desires Iokanaan, but he rebuffs her. The inevitable tragedies follow, set in motion by Hérod’s drunken oaths and Salomé’s perverse desires.

Mariotte entered naval school aged fifteen but longed to study music at the Paris Conservatoire. He read Wilde’s play while serving in the Far East and decided to set it to music, completing it some years later when he had gained his musical education and was professor of piano at Lyon Conservatoire. Despite a notorious dispute with Richard Strauss’s publisher, Mariotte’s Salomé was successfully produced in Lyon in 1908. His dramatic music is impassioned and intense, its subtle harmonies revealing the influence of Debussy.

Presented with the support of the Bravura Friends of Wexford Festival Opera

Creatives

Conductor
David Angus
Stage Director
Rosetta Cucchi
Set Designer
Tiziano Santi
Costume Designer
Claudia Pernigotti
Lighting Designer
DM Wood
 

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