Peter J. Rabinowitz
, July 2012
STRAUSS, R.: Salome (Baden-Baden, 2011) (NTSC) 101593
STRAUSS, R.: Salome (Baden-Baden, 2011) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 108037
Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s updated staging of Salome is intelligent, thoughtful, and provocative…Lehnhoff choreographs the singers around Hans-Martin Scholder’s slightly off-kilter stage well, and Duane Schuler’s lighting is consistently excellent.
…in vocal terms, the performance is in reasonably good hands. Angela Denoke has tremendous vocal reserves, and sings evocatively throughout. She may be too much of a spoiled little girl at the beginning… but she grows as the opera continues, and she’s poignant in the final scene, creating an intense sympathy that transcends, as it should, the shock value of the transgressive kiss (quite bloody and quite realistic here). No hysterics here: rather, a deliciously condescending venom that makes her political power easy to understand. Kim Begley is an excellent Herod…Alan Held…sings with authoritative sonority.
…Stefan Soltesz draws out plenty of evocative color from the quieter sections…Good camerawork, on the whole; good video and sound quality, too, especially on Blu-ray, which as usual gives greater clarity to the objects in the distance.
…it’s certainly well worth experiencing. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review